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7 Vital Nutrients in Broccoli

7 Vital Nutrients in Broccoli

My friend finds broccoli a bit amusing. “What kind of cauliflower is this,” she wonders. “A green one at that!”

I have trained myself to like broccoli because I know it packs in a load of health benefits. I have learned that it tastes best when blanched, seasoned and drizzled with some lemon juice and olive oil. I enjoy it in pasta, and I find broccoli soup very comforting, especially with a sprinkling of roasted and sliced almonds.

Each time you eat broccoli, congratulate yourself for being health conscious. Look at the nutrients it lavishes on you:

Vitamin A: Known for its vital role in maintaining good vision and improving skin health, vitamin A also boosts immune function, keeping infections at bay. Broccoli has a good concentration of beta-carotene (pro-Vitamin A).

Vitamin C: Vitamin C synthesizes collagen, which nourishes tissue and keeps skin healthy and young. This antioxidant vitamin plays a role in regulating cholesterol levels, and strengthens the immune system, too. We humans do not produce Vitamin C, and must obtain it from our food. Broccoli is a rich source.

Vitamin K: This vitamin is essential for blood to clot normally. It prevents bone loss and protects the liver.  Broccoli is one of the best sources of this key vitamin.

Fiber: Of course, fiber keeps your digestion smooth. But it has many other important benefits: fiber is known to lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Calcium: Calcium is necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and bones, and it keeps nerve signals strong, and circulation brisk. Broccoli is among the most calcium-rich vegetables on earth. Two cups of it yield 124 mg of the mineral.

Potassium: One cup of steamed broccoli has more than 500 mg of potassium, which is responsible for healthy nerve response, muscular contractions and maintenance of cell fluid levels.

Magnesium: This essential mineral governs hundreds of biochemical reactions in our body. It regulates body temperature, detoxifies, gives energy and strengthens bones and teeth.  Broccoli is a good source of magnesium.

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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10:31AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

good to remember

2:19AM PDT on Apr 5, 2014

thanks

2:57AM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Good and it tastes great, thanks.

12:54AM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Thanks!

4:58AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

10:27AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Have to smile...green cauliflower. My kids call it trees, and cauliflower is Christmas trees, white with snow. There are heirloom varieties of green, yellow, and purple cauliflower, all individual colors though. It tastes like...well...cauliflower. :-) Will eat more broccoli, we love it. Thanks.

5:05AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Thank you

3:06AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

Best way is to blanched it, are you an idiot? You like it best when it is blanched and all the flavor is removed, others prefer it roasted, some prefer it stir fried.

8:19PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

That's why we like it so much!

7:03AM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

Go broccoli.

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