Nutrients found in Broccoli
Vitamin B1 |Vitamin B3 | Vitamin B5 | Vitamin B6 | Vitamin C | Vitamin E | Vitamin K | Beta-carotene | Biotin | Folate | Calcium | Iodine | Iron | Magnesium | Manganese | Phosphorus | Potassium | Zinc | Fibre
Health Benefits of Broccoli
• Good for the Heart
• Good for the Skin
• Boosts Immunity
Why is Broccoli a superfood?
The huge amount of nutrients found in Broccoli make it a superfood. It has potent anti-cancer compounds that include diindolylmethane, sulforaphane and selenium, which are known for together working towards inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.
The diindolylmethane compund is also capable of promoting anti-viral and anti-bacterial activity. This means that eating broccoli regularly could aid your body in protecting against and fighting off infections. A high intake of broccoli can reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer and also help prevent heart disease.
Broccoli also contains calcium and magnesium, which promote bone-building. This is good know in case you’re trying to quit dairy products, as we currently are after watching the documentary “Forks over Knives”:
Broccoli also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which do reduce the risk of eye disease; and it also contains Vitamin C (half a cup of broccoli provides 52 mg of vitamin C) which makes our immune system stronger.
Beware about broccoli and cooking methods though! Boiling it reduces the nutritional levels, sometimes drastically the longer the boiling. But other cooking methods, such as steaming and stir frying, have no significant effects on its properties…
There are loads of goods juicing recipes with broccoli out there. One of our favorite ones is the Bountiful Brassica one, which we got from Joe Cross. It’s lovely, you should definitely try it!
Thank yous: We couldn’t know all this stuff without the wikipedia page on Broccoli, and the amazing book The Top 100 Healing Foods: 100 Foods to Relieve Common Ailments and Enhance Health and Vitality (The Top 100 Recipes Series), by Paula Bartimeus. It’s one of our favorite and most used books, and it’s available from Amazon.