Sulfonamide is a functional group that is the basis of several groups of drugs, which are called sulphonamides, sulfa drugs or sulpha drugs. The original antibacterial sulfonamides are synthetic antimicrobial agents that contain the sulfonamide group.
Sulforaphane can come from a variety of cruciferous vegetables including kale, brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Although, highest levels are found in broccoli, specifically broccoli seeds and 3-day old sprouts. Sulforaphane extracts of 3-day old broccoli seeds and sprouts have up to 100 times higher concentrations of glucoraphanin (sulforaphane glucosinolate) than mature plants. Sulforaphane, from broccoli, induces phase II enzymes to help eliminate some harmful chemicals that damage our DNA. They are the most potent and naturally occurring inducers of phase ll enzymes to help protect cells from oxidative stress, electrophiles UVA & UVB inflammation and radiation. Sulforaphane is also an NRF2 protective protein activator that enables detoxification, promotes cellular integrity, and has even been shown to repair DNA damage from ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species), chemicals, viruses, and radiation. It has anti-inflammatory properties, supports the immune system, has anti-aging benefits and has also been shown as a chemoprotective agent.