GLUCOSINOLATE COMPOSITION AND ANTI-CANCER POTENTIAL OF DAIKON AND RADISH SPROUTS
Daikon and radish sprouts contain high levels of glucoraphenin, a glucosinolate which hydrolyses to form sulphoraphene. Sulphoraphene, like sulphoraphane from broccoli, is a potent inducer of phase 2 detoxification enzymes and consequently has potential anti-cancer action. Unlike broccoli however, daikon and radish do not possess epithiospecifier protein, a protein that inhibits conversion of glucosinolates to isothiocyanates, and consequently they may represent more suitable sources of phytochemicals with anti-cancer potential. Concentrations of glucoraphenin were highest in the seed, declining exponentially with sprout development. The rate of decline was observed to vary considerably between varieties of daikon and radish, with some varieties maintaining significantly high levels of glucoraphenin. Varieties maintaining a high level of glucoraphenin included Cherry Belle and French Breakfast.
O'Hare, T.J., Wong, L.S., Force, L.E., Gurung, C.B., Irving, D.E. and Williams, D.J. (2008). GLUCOSINOLATE COMPOSITION AND ANTI-CANCER POTENTIAL OF DAIKON AND RADISH SPROUTS. Acta Hortic. 765, 237-244
glucoraphenin, glucodehydroerucin, glucoraphasatin, sulphoraphene, isothiocyanate