Very little or nothing is actually known about this plant. Broccoli is part of the cruciferous vegetable family, which includes cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens and many more. These vegetables are packed with nutrients that are very good for the body.
If you are thinking about healthy eating, you should start thinking about broccoli, and also, since kids are usually not big fans of broccoli, looking for ways to add broccoli in their diet would be a wise thing to do.
People who consume fruits and vegetables like broccoli, have been known to have reduced risks of many lifestyle related health conditions.
Consuming high amounts of cruciferous vegetables has been said to be a reason for reduced risks of cancer amongst adults. Particularly lung and colon cancer. Studies have suggested that sulforaphane, the sulfur-containing compound that gives cruciferous vegetables their bitter bite, is also what gives them their cancer-fighting power.
Folate, another very important vitamin found in broccoli, is said to reduce breast cancer in women. This vitamin has also been known to fight other forms of cancer like colon, stomach, pancreatic and cervical cancers.
Improving Bone Health
People who lack vitamin K in their body tend to suffer from bone fracture easily. If you consume enough vitamin K, you tend to improve the health of your bones by increasing calcium absorption and reducing urinary excretion of calcium. Broccoli is a very good source of calcium for the body.
This plant is packed with vitamin C. when eaten in its natural form like fruits and vegetables, it helps to fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution, it helps reduce wrinkles and improve the general skin texture. Broccolis are as rich in vitamin C as other citrus fruits.
Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the main support system for the skin. Vitamin A and E are also crucial for healthy looking skin. Broccoli provides both.
Improved Digestion and Natural Detoxification
You are safe from constipation because of broccoli’s high fibre content. Fibre helps with the bowel movement, which is crucial for daily excretion of toxins through stool majorly. Recent study is showing that, dietary fibre plays a role in regulating the immune system and inflammation.
Protection from Chronic Diseases
fibre in which broccoli is rich, significantly lowers the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity etc.
Just like so many other old foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fibre that draws cholesterol out of your body. This is because the fibre in broccoli helps bind with bile acids in the digestive tract. Bad cholesterol leaves your body easily this way.
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