Broccoli

Broccoli is a hearty and tasty vegetable that is rich in dozens of nutrients. In fact, it packs the most nutritional punch of any vegetable.

 

In the world of healthy vegetables, broccoli occupies the special status of being one of the most nutritious vegetables around.

 

Health benefits of Broccoli:

  • Cancer Prevention – broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinders the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.
  • Cholesterol Reduction – broccoli for cardiovascular support involves its cholesterol-lowering ability.
  • Reducing Allergy Reaction and Inflammation– Broccoli is a particularly rich source of kaempferol and isothiocyanates, both anti-inflammatory phyto nutrients. Research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body.
  • Powerful Antioxidant – antioxidants found in the Brassicaceae family of vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts) prevents the build-up of free radicals.
  • Bone Health – Broccoli contains more calcium than most dairy products therefore helpful in building bone mass. People with having very less lactose tolerance may get benefit from that.
  • Heart Health – Carotenoid lutein slows down or prevents thickening of arteries in human body, thereby combating heart disease and stroke. Folate and vitamin B6 in broccoli also reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke and atherosclerosis.
  • Detoxification -Broccoli also contains isothiocyanates (which you read about in inflammation) which help control the detox process at a genetic level.
  • Diet Aid – Broccoli is a smart carb and is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating.
  • Alkalizes Your Body – broccoli helps keep your whole body less acidic, which has a host of health benefits.

 

Nutrients you can get in Broccoli:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K
  • Beta-carotene
  • Folic acid
  • Calcium
  • Fiber
  • Magnesium
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Protein

 

For more information about Broccoli check link below:

Broccoli at Wiki
Broccoli at Care2
Broccoli at Organic Jar
Broccoli at Health Diaries
Broccoli at Nutra Ingredients