Broccoli would have to be one of my favorite vegetables. It is highly nutrient dense, alkaline and delicious.
Here are some of the benefits of Broccoli for the human body.
Broccoli contains a high amount of potassium, which helps maintain a healthy nervous system and optimal brain function, as well as promotes regular muscle growth.
One cup of broccoli contains the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, which is the antioxidant for fighting against free radicals. Vitamin C is also an effective antihistamine for easing the symptoms of a cold.
Broccoli also contains magnesium and calcium along with potassium that help regulate blood pressure.
Broccoli is helpful in repairing skin damage thanks to the glucoraphanin it contains which helps the skin to repair itself.
Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.
One cup of broccoli boosts the immune system with a large dose of beta-carotene. Minerals, such as zinc and selenium, further act to strengthen immune defense actions.
Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which with the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. 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.
Broccoli is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. A cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories. Eye Health 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 night and colour vision.
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.