“I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.” George Bush
The same year President Bush made this statement, Johns Hopkins University published a cancer study showing that broccoli prevented the development of tumors by 60% and helped reduce the size of the tumor by 75%!
These finding are just a ‘taste’ of the many health benefits of broccoli. Discover these, the trivia and history behind this plant and some awesome recipes. Unless you are in a select group of individuals (page 4) broccoli is your friend!
9 Health Benefits
1. Cancer Prevention
Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which with the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.
2. Reducing Cholesterol
Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fibre that draws cholesterol out of your body.
3. 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. Broccoli even has significant amount of omega 3 fatty acids which is well know as an anti-inflammatory.
4. Powerful Antioxidant:
Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of a premiere antioxidant nutrient—vitamin C plus the flavonoids that allow the Vitamin C to recycle effectively. . Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, other powerful anti-oxidants.
5. Bone Health
Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.
6. Heart Health
The anti-inflammatory properties of sulforaphane, one of the isothiocyanates (ITCs) in broccoli may be able to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be cause by inflammation caused by chronic blood sugar problems.
Glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin are special phytonutrients that support all steps in the body’s detox process, including activation, neutralization, and elimination of unwanted contaminants. These three are in the perfect combination in broccoli. Broccoli also contains isothiocyanates (which you read about in inflammation) which help control the detox process at a genetic level.
8. Diet Aid
Broccoli is smart carb, high in fibre, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.
9. Alkalizes Your Body
Like many vegetables broccoli helps keep your whole body less acidic which has a host of health benefits.Read the dangers of an over acid body at: Balance Your Body.
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