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Broccoli Health Benefits

Broccoli is considered to be one of the most nutritious vegetables that can offer numerous health benefits. It belongs to the family of green leafy vegetables like cabbage, spinach and Brussels sprouts whose stalks and large flower heads are edible.

 

Broccoli is also rich in vitamin A, iron, vitamin K, B-complex vitamins, zinc, phosphorus and phyto-nutrients. There is an enzyme in broccoli called myrosinase which can reduce the risk of developing cancer.

 

The enzyme works by changing sulfur-based chemicals found in broccoli (called glucosinolates) into isothiocyanates (other sulfur-containing chemicals), which have anticancer properties.

 

The vegetable contains a huge amount of soluble fiber which is proven to be effective in drawing out cholesterol from the body.
For those who are dieting, broccoli can be a perfect addition to their diet plans. This is rich in fiber which prevents digestive problems and constipation, curbs overeating and maintains a lower and healthier level of blood sugar.

 

Eating raw broccoli is the best way to get all its offered nutrients.

 

Cooking it using a low cooking and steaming temperature for approximately five minutes also works in retaining its nutrients. Broccoli is an important calcium source for those who don’t consume dairy products.

 

Calcium does more than build strong bones. Research shows that this mineral may play a role in the control of high blood pressure, and it may work to prevent colon cancer.

 

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 amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well known as an anti-inflammatory.

 

Broccoli is a smart carb and is high in fiber, 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.

 

Broccoli is rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C and E.  Vitamin C stimulates collagen production, thus keeping your skin healthy whereas vitamin A protects your skin cell membranes and prevents ultraviolet radiation damage.

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