What Is Broccoli?
Broccoli can be said to be one of those green vegetables that many children and adults alike would gladly pass over when it comes to dinner time. The irony is that this green vegetable is perhaps one of the richest in mineral and disease-preventing there is. The green vegetable is native to Asia Minor and to the Eastern Mediterranean.
Like many green vegetables Broccoli has many health benefits some of which are not even commonly known. Perhaps when children and adults alike are told all the “super” powers in future they will more readily eat their broccoli:- )
This article explores twelve of its major beneficial properties:-
Benefits Of Broccoli
- Anti-carcinogenic. Protects against breast, prostrate, cervical and gastric cancer. Essentially the broccoli contains several anti-cancer compounds including glucoraphanin and indole-3-carbinol.
- Assists in losing weight. This is because it prevents constipation, keeps digestion regular and also prevents overeating.
- Vision. It contains compounds that prevent s anti-eye deterioration including macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Immunity boosting. It contains Zinc and Selenium along with beta-carotene all of which give overall immune boosting properties.
- Bone health. Broccoli contains Vitamin K and Calcium both of which are good for preventing Osteoporosis.
- Nervous System. Broccoli contains high levels of Potassium which is great for efficient brain functioning.
- Heart disease. It contains carotenoid lutein prevents the thickening of arteries, which in turn reduces the incidence of heart attacks or strokes. In addition the vegetable contains foliate and Vitamin B which also prevents heart attacks and strokes.
- Common colds. Broccoli is very high in vitamin C and so is great for fighting the common cold.
- Blood pressure. Broccoli contains Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium that all serve to stabilise blood pressure.
- Sun repair. Broccoli contains a compound that enables skin repair.
- Protein source. Broccoli has more protein than a steak.
- Potassium that is present in high levels in the broccoli is excellent for preventing muscle cramps.
In addition to all the above benefits, Broccoli is also a detoxifier at the genetic level. It appears to have an overall detoxing effect due to the presence of three powerful phytonutrients, which work together. The thing to remember about Broccoli is that not all of the vegetable is edible. The leaves which are bitter tasting are not eaten but discarded. Meanwhile the stalks and flower parts are eaten, either raw or cooked or juiced.
Ways of Ingesting Broccoli
Since Broccoli is not the favorite vegetable for many people, it is worthy considering how to introduce this to your diet. Here are a few options to make the vegetable more palatable:-
a) Mash the broccoli up as fine as possible and include it in a meat dish or even a delicious flavoured stir fry, either chicken or beef. The advantage of including the broccoli in a stir fry is it retains its vibrant green, flavour and its nutritional value.
b) Juice it. That’s right! Get your favourite juices together in your slow juicer, add as much broccoli. Some delicious fruits to add to the juice are orange, strawberries and banana, anything that is strong flavoured to mask the rather peculiar taste of broccoli.
c) Pasta. Include the broccoli within a pasta dish.
d) In a salad with vegetables and fruits you do like with perhaps a balsamic or even fruity source.
However you mix it, make sure you include this marvelous, super, vitamin-containing green power vegetable into your diet in some way:-)