Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts (B. oleracea ,variety gemmifera) is merely a different horticultural form or race of the same species, Brassica oleracea, to which common cabbage, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower belong. They all came from a common parent, “wild cabbage”. The plant is easy to grow, remarkably productive, and an ideal garden vegetable if one does not make the mistake of planting too much of it. One stud can get you around 2 pounds of vegetable.


The vegetable may have got its name as it was sold in Brussels’ markets in the 13th century. The introduction of Brussels sprouts to North America was made by the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.

Like eating the baby cabbage

Today, the British remain the world’s top consumers of Brussels sprouts. They cook them twice with mash potato. The result releases a sulphur smelling glucosinolate, sinigrin which would be useful against cancer if not released.


Brussels sprouts need long, cool growing season. Ideal weather is just above 70°, like that of northern Europe and the British Isles. Most of the crop grown in America is produced on Long Island, New York and California. It’s pretty much available all year long.

Latest Cancer Researches

Much of the research data on Brussels sprouts are on apoptosis and proliferation. Cancer research from the Institute of Food Research at Colney in the United Kingdom showed effect of juice extract on colon cancer. There are a very few studies on the specific vegetable Brussels sprouts. However coming from the same family of cruciform vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale or cauliflower, which is largely documented, similar effect would apply to Brussels sprouts too.

Types of Cancers Affected

Colon cancer
Liver cancer
Gastrointestinal cancer


Quantity : ½ a pound or 10 sprouts. Steam them for 6 mins and they are ready to eat as a side dish.

Cancer Protection level


Bonus: Cancer cytotoxic


Allyl isothiocyanate and its N-acetylcysteine conjugate suppress metastasis via inhibition of invasion, migration, and matrix metalloproteinase-2/-9 activities in SK-Hep 1 human hepatoma cells.Hwang ES, Lee HJ. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2006 Apr;231(4):421-30
Effects of Brussels sprout juice on the cell cycle and adhesion of human colorectal carcinoma cells (HT29) in vitro. Smith TK, Lund EK, Clarke RG, Bennett RN, Johnson IT. J Agric Food Chem. 2005 May 18;53(10):3895-901