- Isothiocyanates Linus Pauling Institute
What are isothiocyanates?
Isothiocyanates are derived from glucosinolates, which are sulfur-containing compounds found in cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussel’s sprouts, garden cress, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, cabbage, broccoli sprouts, watercress, cauliflower and horseradish . Cooking may decrease the effectiveness of isothiocyanates by more than 50%.
Nonprescription (over-the-counter) oral isothiocyanate supplements containing extracts of broccoli sprouts, broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables are available.
Isothiocyanate Health Benefits
There is INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE about the effectiveness of isothiocyanate supplements in the prevention or treatment of cancer and stomach infection with bacteria Helicobacter pylori .
Isothiocyanates Safety: Side Effects, Toxicity
No serious side effects of isothiocyanate supplements were observed so far .
Not enough is known about the safety of isothiocyanate supplements during pregnancy and breastfeeding, so women in these periods should avoid them .