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Best Foods for Autism

August 19, 2019

[Music] you may remember my series of videos about the engine of aging enzyme tour well kids with autism tend to have higher tor activity in their bodies in this hyperactive tour signaling may actually play a role in causing autism making tor a potential target to treat autism or even theoretically reverse it if we could target downstream tor signaling like between tor and s 6k one well that’s actually one of the ways broccoli compounds kills off prostate cancer cells by inhibiting the signal transduction between tor and s 6k one breast cancer two Sofer faint is a potent inhibitor of breast cancer cells because it targets downstream elements of the tor pathway so if we gave broccoli to those with autism if it blocks tor maybe would block some of the synaptic dysfunction that contributes to the features of autism and that’s in addition to blocking autism pathways for other ways oxidative stress and lower antioxidant capacity the mitochondrial dysfunction the brain inflammation and not just in a petri dish so for a faint can cross the blood-brain barrier you eat broccoli and so far faint quickly reaches your brain to exert its protective effects in theory but you don’t know until you put it to the test but now you can understand why such a study could attract researchers from leading institutions Harvard Hopkins get published in one of our most prestigious journals penis the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences but what did they find well first what did they do a placebo controlled double-blind randomized trial young men ages 13 through 27 with moderate to severe autism received so far thing from broccoli sprouts or an indistinguishable sugar pill they were dosed according to body weight those under 100 pounds got about a tablespoon of broccoli sprouts worth of sulfur fainted it’s about a cups worth of broccoli between 100 and 200 pounds I’ve got about two cups of broccoli it’s worth or two tablespoons of fresh broccoli sprouts and the big boys got three cups worth a day of or a little under 1/4 cup of broccoli sprouts why didn’t they just use actual broccoli or actual sprouts because then you couldn’t have a blinded study the the patient’s doctors and parents would know who’s getting the special treatment and who’s not and that could introduce bias just through the placebo effect so instead no one knew until the end who got the Soffer Fame and who just got nothing in a pill they chose dietary sulforaphane because of its capacity to reverse oxidation dysfunction inflammation yeah but but when put to the test did it actually work well the placebo didn’t give people with autism nothing and nothing much happens but effectively secretly sneak them some broccoli and substantial improvements in behavior a social interaction and verbal communication but it all disappeared once the broccoli stopped let me show you what it looks like this is the ABC score the aberrant behavior checklist which includes things like repetitive behaviors in the placebo group no big change which is what you’d expect but the abnormal behaviors plunged in the sulforaphane group the group that got the sufferer Fame found in about five cents worth of broccoli sprouts a day but the study ended on week 18 and a month later things were heading back to where they started similar findings for a social responsiveness scale significant improvements until the treatment was stopped and then caught right back up to how poorly those in the placebo group continued to function and these warrant just scores on a page the substantial improvements were conspicuous that doctors could see their parents and caregivers could see the improvements no drug has ever been shown to have these kinds of effects and look these were young men starting age you know thirteen one could imagine it working as well or even better for younger children because their brain is still developing and look what’s the downside broccoli sprouts are widely consumed all over the world without any reports of adverse effects now remember we’re talking about Whole Foods not broccoli or some phofane supplements remember I did videos about them in broccoli sprouts work commercial broccoli sprout supplements hardly at all broccoli has sulfur Thane florets more than the stems broccoli sprouts as like ten times more but broccoli pills powders and supplements have little or none so broccoli and cruciferous vegetables for all kids autism or not and hey maybe pregnant women as well for potential prenatal prevention of autism in the first place [Music] you


  • Reply Steven September 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

  • Reply Tini lein September 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    so i just feed my autistic 3 year old with 200g raw brokoli every day?

  • Reply sebastian Merket September 27, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks Dr for all This informaciΓ³n , is realy help people

  • Reply Phil Ivey September 27, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Grass fed beef brocolli n sweet potato is for dinner. Vegans are nerds.

  • Reply Tini lein September 27, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    is there any evidence that this glutenfree casein free diet helps? i read a study about it and we are trying it atm; my daughter improved but not sure if it is the foodπŸ€”

  • Reply Johannes Anttila September 27, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you for your work! Helps so so many people to make healthier choises! 😊

  • Reply lauraqp1995 September 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    These is great news. My brother has mild autism and honestly if feeding him broccoli everyday helps him even alittle, it is worth trying it. IΒ΄m also psychology student and it always amazes me how often patients are prescribed medication when there are more effective treatment plans that just require changing their behaviour and habits.

  • Reply Nike! September 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Too bad most autists only want to eat chicken tenders and mountain dew

  • Reply Hakuna Matata September 27, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Great video! 2 questions:
    1. Why does the sulforaphane disappear in supplements – should I be worried about cooking broccoli and losing all the sulforaphane? (I have always eaten it cooked)
    2. Autism kids are notorious for their picky eating habits and tendency to prefer junk food and fatty foods. Is that a reflection of the disease or is it a reflection of the prevalence of poor eating habits? (chicken and egg question, I know)

  • Reply MT Y September 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    ITT: PNAS jokes

  • Reply Daniel S September 27, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    So.. did autism rates start rising about the same time parents stopped making their kids eat broccoli? Serious question.

  • Reply japo1141 September 27, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Sorry just to confirm broccoli sprouts are just as effective as regular broccoli? Just as long as it's in plant form?

  • Reply SeekerOfTruths September 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Wait, I'm lost! Isn't Tor an anonymous search engine?!

  • Reply The x September 27, 2017 at 3:37 pm


  • Reply Der Wandersmann September 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Wow, just wow!

  • Reply Charles the Bold September 27, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    So we need to tell everyone on 4chan and /pol to eat broccoli?

  • Reply ericka thomas September 27, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Finally! Thank you!

  • Reply Jonesyweb September 27, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Study based on cooked or raw broccoli?

  • Reply ApoE-Ξ΅2/Ξ΅3 September 27, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Gee Doc, what about Glucoraphanin and Myrosinase, all supplements are not created equal.
    Jed Fahey, Sc.D. on Isothiocyanates, the Nrf2 Pathway, Moringa & Sulforaphane Supplementation.

  • Reply Vegan Mama September 27, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Wow! Do you think this advice would also apply to ADHD and behavioural troubles?

  • Reply geezuz183 September 27, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    is it as simple as just giving broccoli sprouts, without heating the sprouts to a particular temperature? so that "sulforaphane nitriles" aren't produced, instead of the beneficial sulforaphane? Here's a link to Dr. Rhonda Patrick, speaking on it.

  • Reply luna57 September 27, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I don't understand…"The amount of sulforaphane that was administered in the study is many times higher than you can reasonably get through food. Even sulforaphane-rich foods like brussels sprouts, broccoli and broccoli sprouts don’t have enough of the chemical to get you close. So eating these vegetables can’t be expected to improve autism symptoms. Within reason though, eating sulforaphane-rich vegetables is safe and healthy."

  • Reply Vince September 27, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    IIRC, and I think this was from another video from this channel, any sulfur containing vegetable, like cruciferous, onions and garlic, help to bind heavy metal toxins to the sulfur. When you excrete the sulfur, there goes the toxins!

  • Reply Conscientious Omnivore September 27, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    OK, this was totally worth the wait πŸ™‚ This is amazing news and I will be sharing this right away. Thanks Dr. Greger for all that you do! Hoping this gets billions of views soon.

  • Reply justgivemethetruth September 27, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    0:56 – so if we gave broccoli to those with autism, if it blocks TOR, MAYBE …

    MAYBE ??????? Β Is this just wild groundless speculation or what?

  • Reply Caleb Shares September 27, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

  • Reply justgivemethetruth September 27, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    From the Autism Speaks website:
    Q – Today, a lot of parents are talking about adding broccoli sprouts to their kid’s salads and sandwiches. Can this help? Hurt?

    A – The amount of sulforaphane that was administered in the study is many times higher than you can reasonably get through food. Even sulforaphane-rich foods like brussels sprouts, broccoli and broccoli sprouts don’t have enough of the chemical to get you close. So eating these vegetables can’t be expected to improve autism symptoms. Within reason though, eating sulforaphane-rich vegetables is safe and healthy.

  • Reply Mohamed Nadjmo - Ω…Ψ­Ω…Ψ― Ω†Ψ¬Ω…Ωˆ September 27, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    wow .. thank you sir

  • Reply adamx182 September 27, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    what is the best foods to induce autism?

  • Reply PlantPowered Earthlings September 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Well I guess I'll be having broccoli sprouts for the rest of my life! πŸ˜‰ This takes the saying, " creation gives us everything we need" to the next level. I think I may be in love with broccoli

  • Reply Matthew Davis September 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I'm 34 and have Asperger's. Looks like I need to eat more broccoli.

  • Reply XvPunkyNerdvX September 27, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I think processed food can make ASD symptoms worse. However, I don't believe that a plant based diet is a "cure all" and will suddenly take away ASD (currently dealing with a diagnosis here and 32). I kinda hate when doctors think there needs to be a cure for ASD. It's something you're born with. For the record, I don't believe there's anything wrong with being autistic either. It has it's ups and downs, sure. And I know it's a wide spectrum and some struggle more than others. But I think it's the ever growing stereotypes and stigmas that keep people thinking people with ASD need to be cured. It's pretty demoralizing to be honest. And to be fair, I know you share this info to be helpful. I'm not discredited your good intentions. But merely wanted to clarify that we're not all desperately in search of a cure. Parents who want a perfect child are. We're not broken. And by the looks of these comments, it sure seems like that's what most people think.

  • Reply MELON HEAD September 27, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    thank you 1000x

  • Reply Zuy Jojoboy September 27, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I just got a thought that sickness is so not normal and humans should and could be so healthy, everyone healthy and happy like all of the animals out there in the beautiful wild if we would only stick with what's natural,so many unnecessary diseases and wasted lives … ;/

  • Reply zukodude487987 September 27, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Everyone on the internet needs eat that since everyone on the internet is autistic.

  • Reply William Read September 27, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Is Bacon cooked in coconut oil safe to eat?

  • Reply Kombaiyashii September 28, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Can anyone interpret the chart at 3:40 to me? Obviously the broccoli group is doing better, but is the change enough to undiagnose them of autism, how much difference is this score in real terms?

  • Reply egal September 28, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Luckily I love PNAS.

  • Reply Jam Daly September 28, 2017 at 12:26 am

    press 3 to find your PNAS

  • Reply drinkbeetlejuice September 28, 2017 at 1:08 am

    They used a sulforaphane supplement in this study. So, the end of the video is a little misleading.

  • Reply dj121 September 28, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Does raw kale have as much sulforaphane as broccoli sprouts?

  • Reply DJ Arnoldo September 28, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Truly remarkable work.

  • Reply Matthew Niedbala September 28, 2017 at 1:59 am

    1:47 lol

  • Reply A Serious Salamander September 28, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Please let 4chan/pol/ know about this immediately

  • Reply Tara S September 28, 2017 at 5:35 am

    How much would be the recommendation for pregnant women?

  • Reply Robert GΕ‚ogowski September 28, 2017 at 10:04 am

    There's a substantial error in polish subs. 'Sprouts' were (literally) translated as 'cabbage – kapusta'. 'KieΕ‚ki' is the correct sense I believe. It should be corrected asap.

  • Reply Near Air September 28, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I only see broccoli being sold in the supermarkets. Anyone see broccoli sprouts? How do you get these things?

  • Reply DR KIMJIHOON September 28, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    DR.GREGOR how did the researchers pack sulphorophane inside the pill ? In your previous videos, you mention that sulphorophane is extremely minimal in supplement form?

  • Reply The Puppet Bunch September 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    pnas lol

  • Reply Emily BH September 28, 2017 at 1:49 pm -Here's another discovery that has DRAMATIC affects on autistic kids – Glutamic Acid (MSG) is snuck into a lot of our food and they use "codes" to label it such as words like "enriched" "fortified" "natural flavors" "spices" "extracts" "citric acid". This shows an autistic child before and after she'd stopped being fed commercial packaged foods. She's totally normal on the clean diet.

  • Reply Angela Catalano September 28, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Dr. Greger, can you please do an update of coffee and caffeine?! Thank you so much

  • Reply Theresa Lawson September 28, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Having trouble getting tge kid to eat broccolli sprouts. Tried explaining that it was good for her autistic brain, but she is 4 and doesn't care. If I dry it grind it up and stir it in her food or bake it in her waffles will that work? Serious question. Would appriciate a response.

  • Reply Christine DaCosta September 28, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    amazing…so amazing.

  • Reply da gawd September 28, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Broccoli sprouts have more sulphoraphane than any other food tested so far

  • Reply ifer lyf September 28, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Autistic brains are made differently from neurotypical brains, so a change in hormones wouldn't "reverse" it…

  • Reply Cindy Marshall September 29, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Eat a plant based diet when you're pregnant!

  • Reply A A September 29, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you for this series!

  • Reply Douglas Rapstine September 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Autism is not a disorder and doesn't need to be cured.

    What we need to find a cure for is Neurotypical syndrome.

  • Reply kiskopter September 30, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    What are the best foods for balding Dr? πŸ™‚

  • Reply ashe higgs October 1, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    link to the study?

  • Reply Ramin Javaherian October 1, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I do understand that many of the Dietary supplement pills do not have enough sulforaphane in them. If you familiar with kids with autism you would know having them trying new food is very hard. I have found two supplement pills that good amount of sulforaphane in them. Jarrow Formulas BroccoMax, Supports Liver Health, Delayed Veggie Caps have 30 MG of sulforaphane and
    Thorne Research – Crucera-SGS – Broccoli Seed Extract for Antioxidant Support – Sulforaphane Glucosinolate (SGS) – Capsules has 50 MG of Sulforaphane. Do you think any of these two could work as well as the actual sprout ?

  • Reply Felicia Palmer October 3, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Could this help with. ADHD?

  • Reply genesis bustamante October 4, 2017 at 3:06 am

    food is the best drug

  • Reply S. W.M. October 4, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you for all of your work!

  • Reply LadyMonoceros October 5, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    The fun thing about broccoli is that you can prepare it in many tasty ways!
    Broccoli rice is one of my favorites! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Lisa Marie October 6, 2017 at 4:40 am

    I juice broccoli sprouts. Is juicing 1 cup of raw sprouts too much? I tend to "overdo" good things πŸ˜‰ Any feedback would be appreciated

  • Reply Nitsan Simantov October 6, 2017 at 1:19 pm


  • Reply Whole Food Plant-Based Man October 6, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Dr Greger really is one of the greatest living doctors in the world. I love his analysis of research in journals, as well as his ability to sneak some mild humor into it. Every registered dietician and soon-to-be registered dietician needs to use Dr. Greger as a role model.

  • Reply Caleb Shares October 12, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    **** please answer this question ****

    If I am making homemade broccoli sprout power ( sprouting seeds, dehydrating them, then blending them) do you think that’s the same as the commercial broccoli supplements like you stated in the video that would have no impact???

    I was thinking that a good way to add the sprouts would be to hide it in the foods that he would eat. But now I am worried that if I dehydrate them I will take all this benefits away.

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  • Reply dtadeo2006 October 30, 2017 at 11:18 am


  • Reply Sanders776 November 19, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I am using sulforaphane for my 8 years old Autistic son around two weeks now. The difference is huge, his communication and behaviour is improved. The anxiety is gone. Thank you for this video, should I be aware of any side effects ?

  • Reply Cerise November 27, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Dear Dr Gregor, will blending or juicing broccoli using a Masticating juicers produce sulforaphane?

  • Reply Gavin Matthews December 3, 2017 at 7:36 am

    does he mean sprouted broccoli seeds or babe broccoli sprouts ?

  • Reply misteur axe December 12, 2017 at 5:01 am

    TL;DR: eat broccoli sprouts.

  • Reply Doleta Wood January 26, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Wait! Why didnt you tell the sulforiphane is destroyed in cooking? I learned that from one of your very own broccoli videos!

  • Reply Robert Dixon January 30, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    We live in such a fragmented society. I seriously doubt 1 in a 1,000 medical doctors or mental health experts are aware of this connection. The industry should be sued for gross negligence. On the plus side, I am a school psychologist and will be forwarding this information to every parent of autistic children I test. Awesome job Dr Greger!

  • Reply monica shelvin March 2, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Hey Doc! Β I've got a three year old who has Autism. Β Would you say that liquid Chlorophyll will work for improvement?

  • Reply tdreamgmail March 5, 2018 at 3:40 am

    I thought mTOR was the key to getting jacked.

  • Reply Joe Curran March 24, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    I have autism and frequently consume green tea. I know and understand individual stories are not considered scientific, but I find I am better on it – it makes me feel calmer and less anxious. It also has significant anti-oxidant properties. Can you look into this please Dr. Greger? Perhaps even conduct a study on it?

  • Reply MMM mm April 8, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Can you also get sulforaphane from cauliflower?Β  Need a sneaky way to get a picky eater to consume sulforaphane.. and at 6 with anxiety issues not taking pills yet

  • Reply Ideoform Sun June 3, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you for this information.

  • Reply Jeff Eppenger June 11, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Getting an Autistic kid to eat broccoli is like having someone that just won the Lotto giving their winning ticket to you. Now i know there may be some out there that will eat it but the autistic people I know including my own son? Good Luck. My son can't swallow pills either. So this is a great find no joke but PLEASE tell me how to get Autistic people to eat Broccoli.

  • Reply J Y July 31, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Is he funded by the broccoli growers association? 🀣

  • Reply Caleb Shares August 13, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    So if I dehydrated broccoli sprout there would be no sulfurahane in the powder?

  • Reply Mrinal Kansari September 6, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    What is broccoli spraut.

  • Reply Jimmi Andersen September 6, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Penis πŸ™‚

  • Reply Maureen K September 18, 2018 at 2:05 am

    I haven't heard anyone talking about this? Why not? Does sulforaphane have any effect on ALS?

  • Reply Spicy Artisan Hipster Salami October 22, 2018 at 9:56 am

    I wonder how it’d work on a teen with very HFA, without behavioral problems… just problems with short term memory and organizational/time management skills

  • Reply Gudduluv u Kumar October 26, 2018 at 3:49 am

    Broccoli is very bad for weak digestive system kindly suggest something else I have a sever autistic daughter who is now 13 yrs

  • Reply awaretenacious November 10, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Why.Are.You.Speaking.Like this..It.Is.A.Bit.Distracting. That being said, nice information though, thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Soldier957 December 9, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Wow. Now, the only question left is HOW THE HELL do I get my kid to eat broccoli and brussel sprouts!!??

  • Reply Mindful Divergence January 4, 2019 at 3:01 am


  • Reply L Williams January 8, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Can I request a video on Dr.Robert Naviaux’s research on Suramin and autism? Thank you.

  • Reply L Williams January 8, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    My 14 year old son with autism started eating broccoli for the first time this weekend. Wondering how long it will take to see any changes.

  • Reply Chris Namaste January 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    For more on sulforaphane see: and

  • Reply Jam Sk8er April 8, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Can you cook the Broccoli or does it have to be consumed raw?

  • Reply First Name Last Name April 28, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Penis! Ha-ha! I wonder if it would work for ADHD?

  • Reply Bonnie Hoke-Scedrov May 8, 2019 at 2:23 am


  • Reply J T June 9, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    1:46 ok, so I didn’t mishear what Doc Gregor said. Man, they need to really change the pronunciation of that acronym.

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