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12 Reasons To Gobble Broccoli

You probably already know broccoli is  touted as a superfood. But do you know why? Let’s take a tour of its health benefits.

The Cruci’s

Broccoli is part of the nutrient dense family of cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccolini, bok choy, brussel sprouts, kale and cabbage.

We love the ‘cruci’s’ because they’re nutritional powerhouses and you get loads of nutrients for little calories. One cup of broccoli contains around 3 calories, 6 grams of carbs, 3 grams of protein and 0 grams of fat. A bit of a no brainer.

Here are 10 other reasons to gobble up broccoli:

1. It’s high in vitamin C. The body doesn’t produce or store vitamin C so a good dose each day is a biggie. One cup of broccoli provides 100% of your daily needs.

2. It’s a great source of vitamin A, folate and potassium. Folate has been shown to decrease the risk of breast cancer and is protective against colon, stomach, pancreatic and cervical cancers.

3. Broccoli is full of fibre, which keeps your colon nicely swept and prevents constipation. In addition a good fibre intake lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and high cholesterol.

4. It contains vitamin K, a lack of which can lead to weaker bones. One cup of broccoli will provide your daily quota and also supports the absorption of calcium. NB: check intake if you’re on blood thinners like Warfarin.

5. Numerous studies have shown broccoli to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer particularly lung and colon cancer. A sulfur-containing compound in broccoli – sulforaphane – is believed to inhibit the enzyme involved in the progression of cancer cells. Studies show positive benefits with melanoma, esophageal, and prostrate cancers too.

6. Be a broccoli beauty! Eating broccoli will contribute to a glowing complexion and rich, lustrous tresses. The vitamin C content especially can help repair skin damage caused by environmental aggressors and reduce the appearance of wrinkles as it helps with the formation of skin plumping collagen. Research shows eating it is more powerful than supplements.

7. Broccoli helps give your energy levels va va voom. We like that!

8. You can eat it until the cows come home and it’s highly unlikely it will increase your waistline.

9. According to the Daily Mail recent research has also shown sulforaphane blocks the inflammation associated with arthritis, however people would have to eat huge amounts to gain the benefits so a UK company (Evgen Pharma) have developed a stable synthetic version known as Sulforadex. It’s the equivalent of eating a couple of kilo’s of broccoli a day and initial testing is showing promise in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Watch this space.

10. Broccoli is also rich in many other nutrients such as chromium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, cooper, omega 3, magnesium, zinc, calcium, selenium, carotenoids, lutein and beta-carotene – the list goes on.

11. It containsthe carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are beneficial to eye health. Macular degeneration and other eye issues such as cataracts have been shown to benefit from eating foods like broccoli.

12. Do you know what oxidation is? You can get a picture of it from the analogy of an apple turning brown or a car rusting when they’re exposed to the elements. The same type of thing happens to the body when it’s hammered by environmental aggressors. All of the compounds within broccoli help to lower this oxidative stress in the body, which is why it’s a warrior in terms of chronic disease and premature aging both from a health and a beauty point of view.

Tip: Eat broccoli when it’s young and fresh and try to cook it as little as possible. Boiling broccoli reduces the levels of some of its benefits – steaming and stir-frying are good choices.

Related: Have you tried our delicious cauliflower base pizza? You can do the same with broccoli :-).

 

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