Why We Should Be Eating More Broccoli
When thinking about green vegetables the first thing that comes to our minds is Broccoli. Broccoli is a part of the cabbage family and is categorized as an edible green plant. Broccoli is a hearty and tasty vegetable which is rich in nutrients which is why is so popular, but did you know that broccoli has even more nutritional value?
Broccoli, along with other cruciferous vegetables, have cancer fighting and immune boosting properties. Broccoli contains properties that depletes estrogen which usually cause cancer in the body. Research shows that broccoli is extremely suitable for preventing breast and uterus cancer.
Broccoli has significant amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are well known as anti-inflammatory. Along with this, broccoli contains sulfonamides, a chemical that blocks the enzymes that can cause joint destruction which leads to inflammation.
The anti-inflammatory properties of sulforaphane in broccoli, may be able to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems. Broccoli aids in heart health because of it contain fiber, fatty acids and vitamins that help to regulate blood pressure throughout the body. This also helps in reducing cholesterol.
If you’ve been following through (or fallen off) of your New Year’s resolution of eating health or losing weight, try adding more broccoli to your diet! Broccoli is a good carb and is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar and even curbs overeating. Along with this, broccoli is also great for weight loss because it is rich in fiber. It is an ideal green vegetable to include in your salads. In addition, broccoli contains protein, making it a suitable source of protein for vegetarians.
Broccoli is filled with vitamin C, which has numerous antioxidant properties, it is also great for anti-aging. This is because antioxidants help fight the free radicals that are responsible for aging. Eating broccoli regularly helps is reducing fine lines, wrinkles and other skin issues such as, acne and skin pigmentation.