The Health Benefits of Broccoli



By Jordan Miller;

The colour green is becoming increasingly popular these days, and for good reason. People are beginning to change their lives to ones that are more sustainable and more "green". It is no doubt important that we all make an effort not only to live a life that is as close to mother nature as possible, but we also have to pay her proper respect. Staying with the topic of "green" there are many foods that contain this wonderful colour. Not only is being more "green" important to the environment, but it is also good for your health. Broccoli is one of those green superfoods that has a powerful array of nutrients to boost our body, mind, and soul.

Some of The Health Benefits

Keeps your Immune System Strong: Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C.  In fact, one cup of broccoli contains the RDA of vitamin C, which is an important antioxidant necessary for minimizing free radical damage and oxidative stress to your body; vitamin C is an effective antihistamine which aids in easing the discomfort associated with allergies and the common cold. Broccoli also contains immune enhancing nutrients such as beta-carotene, and trace minerals such as zinc and selenium to further strengthen ones immunity.

Contributes to Bone Health:
  Broccoli contains high amounts of both calcium and vitamin K. These micronutrients are important in the building and maintenance of strong bones, teeth and cartilage. They are the primary building blocks necessary for bone health and the prevention of bone related illnesses such as osteoporosis and fibromyalgia.

Regulates Blood Pressure and Maintains a Healthy Nervous System: Blood pressure is primarily the result of an imbalance of blood potassium and blood sodium levels, whereas the sodium content is too high in relationship to potassium. As broccoli has significant levels of potassium, to help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with high blood pressure (hypertension). Along with potassium, broccoli also contains magnesium which also helps to regulate blood pressure. The presence of potassium in broccoli not only helps regulates blood pressure, but also helps maintain a healthy nervous system, and optimal brain function, as well as promoting regular muscle growth.

Alleviates Sun Damage and Many Forms of Cancer: Broccoli is helpful in repairing skin damage thanks to the glucoraphanin it contains which helps the skin to detoxify and repair itself. Further to this, Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which with the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound can be effect in fighting the H. pylori, a virus found to highly increase the risk of ulcer formation and 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.

A Great Diet, Vision, and Heart Aid: Broccoli is 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. Further to this, studies have shown that the carotenoid lutein helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as possesses anti-cancer effects. Additionally, broccoli is a good source of vitamin A that is needed to form retinal, the light-absorbing molecule that is essential for both low-light and color vision. Finally, The carotenoid lutein may also slow down or prevent the thickening of arteries in the human body, thus fighting against heart disease and stoke. The B6 and folate in broccoli also reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

It is important to note that broccoli is better digested when steamed in order to release the enzyme inhibitors which may overtime irritate ones gastrointestinal tract i eaten raw. Further to this, some may claim that broccoli is high in phytoestrogens, thus stating it has no business being eaten by those who have hypothyroidism (a poor functioning thyroid gland). If you do suffer from an under active thyroid condition, simply use caution when adding broccoli to your diet. Like anything, we must always exercise moderation.

With its nice flavour and pleasant aromas, broccoli is much more than just a health remedy, it is an excellent addition to any plate. Remember, when eating any whole food it is not about counting numbers or isolating its nutrients, it's about having fun and enjoying the experience; the health benefits are always a welcome bonus!

Your question: How often do you eat broccoli? (post your comments below)


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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.

1 comment:

  1. This is great article and now researcher try to find out more benefits of broccoli and here I found the new update about broccoli health benefits

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