Growing up, many of us were instructed to finish the vegetables on our plate. Broccoli was often the vegetable of concern. Taste buds change as we get older and we realize that broccoli, in so many ways, is delicious: Whether it’s raw, dipped in something else that’s tasty, or in a soup or casserole. Knowing this, it’s important for us to learn that broccoli has a number of benefits that help us in many different areas of health. Read on for extra encouragement to ‘eat your broccoli’ even more.
Broccoli includes: Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin A, B complex, C and E, carbohydrates, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, chromium, potassium, manganese, glucoraphanin, diindolylmethane, zeaxanthin, fiber and water. Wow!
Since broccoli is iron and protein rich, it can help with symptoms of anemia.
Broccoli removes extra estrogen from the body; therefore, may be a good natural aid for certain cancers such as breast and uterine. Nutrients such as Vitamin A, C, and E, zinc, potassium, some amino acids, and strong anti-carcinogens such as glucoraphanin, diindolylmethane, beta-carotene and selenium (all anti-cancer agents) are what would provide the power for this removal.
Broccoli purifies blood by removing toxins such as uric acids and free radicals from the body. Vitamin C, amino acids and sulphur also make it great for detoxifying the body. This helps us with issues we might have with rashes, boils, arthritis, gout, and skin conditions such as eczema.
Fiber has a strong presence in broccoli and can help with constipation problems and digestion in general.
Anti-oxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene and additional vitamins such as B complex and the shining, glowing aid, Vitamin E, all do wonders for your skin. Vitamin A, K, Omega-3 fatty acids, folate and amino acids are also there to help give your skin a beautiful glow.
Our ocular health is uplifted with the incredible amount of nutrients broccoli carries. Zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, Vitamins A, B complex, C and E, and phosphorus help protect our eyes from issues such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
We’re provided extra protection from infections from broccoli’s super immune strengtheners: its many vitamins and minerals including selenium, copper zinc and phosphorus.
This crunchy green is calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc rich. It makes sense that those extra vulnerable to osteoporosis are better off eating broccoli!
Broccoli is loaded with chromium, an important mineral that helps correct functioning of insulin and regulate our blood sugar, which helps with blood pressure regulation. Additional vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber also help regulate blood pressure.
Essential nutrients, especially helpful during pregnancy such as calcium, protein, vitamins, phosphorus and anti-oxidants, are found in broccoli. It’s an important part of a healthy diet.
After reading all of these amazing health benefits, it’s probably tempting to go steam a pot of broccoli. It makes perfect sense!