Broccoli: the ‘superstar’ veggie

Broccoli: the ‘superstar’ veggie

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Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K, A, and C, in addition to fibre, potassium, folate, and lutein.
Vitamin K – essential for the functioning of many proteins involved in blood clotting
Vitamin A – helps vision and is required for the immune system and production of red blood cells.
Vitamin C – builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals.
Fibre – diets high in fibre promote digestive health. A high fibre intake can also help lower cholesterol.
Potassium – a mineral and electrolyte that is essential for the function of nerves and heart contraction.
Folate – is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells in the body.
Lutein – may slow progression of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
By including broccoli in your diet regularly you may reduce and prevent ailments like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and it may help lower blood cholesterol.

BROCCOLO meaning ‘cabbage sprout’ in Italian has its roots in Italy in the ancient Roman times. It was earlier developed from a wild cabbage in Italy and later introduced to the United States in the colonial times.

Low in calories and rich in essential vitamins, minerals and fibre, Broccoli has a number of health benefits.
A cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange, and is very rich in beta-carotene. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc too. It is also high in fibre and low in calories.

Love it or hate it: it’s good for you

Cancer Prevention
Broccoli contains glucoraphanin which the body processes into the anti-cancer compound called Sulforaphane. Sulforaphane kills cancer stem cells and stops the tumour growth. It also boosts cell enzymes protecting against molecular damage from cancer-causing chemicals.

Blood Pressure and Kidney Health
Studies have proved that Sulforaphane in Broccoli may improve your blood pressure and kidney function.

Arthritis
Sulphur-broccoli compound sulfora-phane also helps blocking the destructive enzyme that damages cartilage and it is believed that eating broccoli slows down and even prevents osteoarthritis.

Cholesterol Reduction
Fibre rich broccoli draws cholesterol out of your body.

Anti-aging and Immune system Health
Sulforaphane present in broccoli may reduce oxidative stress and slows down the decline in your immune system that happens with age.

Reduces allergic reaction and inflammation
Packed with anti-inflammatory phyto nutrients kaempferol and isothiocyanates, it lessens the impact of allergy related substances on your body. Broccoli also consists significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory.

Powerful Antioxidant
Broccoli is rich in Vitamin C and the flavonoids necessary for Vitamin C to recycle effectively. Broccoli also contains carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene including other powerful antioxidants. Glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin and glucobrassicin are special nutrients that helps support in the detoxification process of the body including activation, neutralization and elimination of unwanted contaminats.

Cardiovascular Support
Eating broccoli is good for heart. Sulforaphane present in broccoli also protect the blood vessels and reduce the number of molecules that cause cell damage. Damaged blood vessels are more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.

Diet Aid
Broccoli is highly rich in fibre and is smart carb which helps in digestion, prevents constipation and maintains blood sugar levels and curbs overeating.

Alkalizes the body
Broccoli helps keeping the body less acidic.

Good for Skin
Broccoli consumption is good for skin as it contains sulforaphane which helps repairing skin damage.

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