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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 [1]. Cooking may decrease the effectiveness of isothiocyanates by more than 50%.

Isothiocyanate Supplements

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 [1].

Isothiocyanates Safety: Side Effects, Toxicity

No serious side effects of isothiocyanate supplements were observed so far [1].

Not enough is known about the safety of  isothiocyanate supplements during pregnancy and breastfeeding, so women in these periods should avoid them [1].

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