Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family, which includes kale, cabbage, cauliflower and brussel sprouts, this cruciferous family can help protect the body against cancer.

Health Benefits of Broccoli:

  • Contains a substance called Sulforaphane, this substance was shown to dramatically reduce the number, size and the reproduction of cancerous tumors, as well as prevent it occurrence.
  • Rich in fiber that can greatly help diabetics.
  • Has the same calcium content as that of milk and it is also a rich source of Vitamin C and A.
  • Best eaten with proteins, because the combination helps drive amino acids to the brain.
  • May help block cervical cancer. Women who ate more broccoli were less prone to cancer of the cervix.
  • Help burn abdominal fat.

Nutrient Content of Broccoli: Per 100 gm.

  • Vitamin A: 3,500 I.U.
  • Vitamin B: Thiamine .10 mg.;
  • Niacin: 1.1 mg.
  • Vitamin C: 118 mg. Also contains Vitamins E and K
  • Iron: 1.3 mg.
  • Phosphorus: 76 mg.
  • Potassium: 270 mg.
  • Carbohydrates: 5.5 gm.
  • Protein: 3.3 gm.
  • Calories: 29

Broccoli Sprouts:

  • Broccoli sprouts are packed with more cancer-fighting compounds than full grown broccoli. They’re great in salads or eaten as snack.
  • Broccoli sprouts contains indoles, which can deactivate carcinogens in the body. Indoles also weaken potent estrogen that may stimulate the growth of various types of cancerous tumors.

How much broccoli to eat? An extra half cup of broccoli a day may help protect against several cancers, notably colon and lung cancer.

How to Buy Broccoli: When choosing broccoli, look for tenderness in the stalk, especially the upper portion. If the lower portion of the stalk is tough and woody, and if the bud clusters are open and yellow, the broccoli is overmature and will be tough. Fresh broccoli does not keep, so purchase only if you need it already.

How to Cook Broccoli: Broccoli is often gas-forming, but if cooked in a steamer or over a very low fire, this may be avoided. Broccoli is best if undercooked, because slightly cooked greens contains more chlorophyll – compound that help counteract the sulfur compound that forms gas.

“This post was originally published on January 9, 2012 @22:13”

Health Benefits of Broccoli

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