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Rapini Vegetable Health Benefits

Also known as Italian turnip, broccoletto, cime di rapa and rapini, broccoli rabe makes a delicious side dish when it’s steamed or sautéed and seasoned with fresh garlic, pepper, and a pinch of salt.

 

There are several mechanisms by which brassica vegetables, such as broccoli rabe, may help fight cancer.

 

For instance, isothiocyanates and other health benefiting compounds provided by rapini broccoli may help prevent DNA mutation, induce apoptosis in cancer cells, eliminate cancer-causing toxins, prevent harmless growths from turning into malignant tumours, and prevent cancer from spreading from one organ to another.

 

Rapini contains two grams of fibre for every cup. Specifically, the fibre in rapini is soluble fibre, which slows transit and digestion time in the GI tract.

 

Soluble fibre dissolves in water to form a gel-like material that lowers blood cholesterol and glucose levels.

 

Combining rapini with a high carbohydrate meal (such as a pasta dish) will reduce the insulin response, which in turn will prevent both hyper and hypoglycaemia.

 

Rapini contains strong anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as folate and vitamin C. Both nutrients reduce homocysteine, a type of amino acid that can damage the arteries causing coronary heart disease.

 

Broccoli rabe also contains lutein, which is an antioxidant that protects the retinas of your eyes from damage caused by free radicals.

 

Broccoli Rabe is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. To feel the full benefits of bitters, they should be taken before meals at least once daily.

 

Many people prefer to take bitters with each meal to ensure proper digestion.

 

Some people experience enhanced energy and clarity right away, which others may experience a strong detoxification reaction (which can be reduced by starting small and gradually increasing dosage over time).

 

Optimal results are achieved over a period of weeks or months depending on the state of your health.

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