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9 Health Benefits of Broccoli

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9 Health Benefits of Broccoli

Love It or Hate It… Broccoli is Good for You!

By Randy Fritz

“I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”  –George Bush

The same year President Bush made this statement, Johns Hopkins University published a cancer study showing that broccoli prevented the development of tumors by 60 percent and helped reduce the size of the tumor by 75 percent!

These finding are just a “taste” of the many health benefits of broccoli. Discover these, the trivia and history behind this plant and some awesome recipes. Broccoli is a powerfood. Unless you are in a select group of individuals, (page 3) broccoli is your friend!

9 Health Benefits

1. Cancer Prevention

Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body of H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.

Broccoli shares these cancer fighting, immune boosting properties with other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.

2. Cholesterol Reduction

Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.

3. Reducing Allergy Reaction and Inflammation

Broccoli is a particularly rich source of kaempferol and isothiocyanates, both anti-inflammatory phyto nutrients. Research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. Broccoli even has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well know as an anti-inflammatory.

4. Powerful Antioxidant

Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, other powerful antioxidants.

5. Bone Health

Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

6. Heart Health

The anti-inflammatory properties of sulforaphane, one of the isothiocyanates (ITCs) 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.

7. Detoxification

Glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin and glucobrassicin are special phytonutrients that support all steps in the body’s detox process, including activation, neutralization and elimination of unwanted contaminants. These three are in the perfect combination in broccoli.  Broccoli also contains isothiocyanates (which you read about in inflammation) which help control the detox process at a genetic level.

8. Diet Aid

Broccoli is a smart carb and is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.

9. Alkalizes Your Body

Like many vegetables, broccoli helps keep your whole body less acidic, which has a host of health benefits. Read the dangers of an over acid body at: Balance Your Body.

Next Page: Interesting Trivia & Tips for Use

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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5:26PM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Love broccoli!

8:27AM PST on Dec 19, 2012

this is great article and now researcher try to find out more benefits of broccoli and here I found the new update about broccoli health benefits http://www.cereforce.com/2012/12/12-broccoli-health-benefits.html hope this is useful

8:26AM PST on Dec 19, 2012

this is great article and now researcher try to find out more benefits of broccoli and here I found the new update about broccoli health benefits http://www.cereforce.com/2012/12/12-broccoli-health-benefits.html hope this is useful

3:19PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

yum. i LOVE broccoli!

11:54AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

thanks

6:04PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Wow...good stuff!! Good thing I like it :)

8:26PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

The taste of broccoli is great and I really like it, thanks for sharing this information.

5:43PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

No need to say,that it was easy to see that G.Bush didn't eat broccoli! I love broccoli!!Never overcook it,use sometimes little butter over it and herbal salt!YUMMYYYYY The soup with broccoli and cauliflower soooo good! Extra bonus,it's healthy!

8:47AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

I love the taste of broccoli and like all the wonders its know for. Didn't realize you needed 3 cups a day for cancer prevention, that's a lot. Good article, appreciate it and thanks.

6:44AM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

Great food! Fix a Broccoli Entre with a couple of Dark Chocolate squares for Dessert and you have a really healthy meal!

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