Love it or hate it broccoli contains more nutrients per
Ounce than any other green vegetable available in UK
What is broccoli?
Broccoli from the Brassicaceae family of plants is a fast growing annual that’s native to Italy. It grows to a height of
around 80cm tall and both the flowering heads and stalk is edible. Although broccoli was being cultivated in Italy in Roman times it wasn’t until 1720 that is was introduced to England.
The list of health benefits broccoli can offer us is nearly endless but here are the top reasons why broccoli should be part of your diet.
Cancer Prevention: Broccoli contains a substance called indole-3-carbinol this antioxidant compound holds significant chemoprevention properties and has been found to hinder the growth of many different types of cancer. Also within broccoli is a chemical known as glucoraphanin once consumed the body turns this into sulforaphane a compound that rids the body of cancer causing bacteria thus greatly reducing the risk of gastric cancer.
Nervous System: Broccoli contains high levels of potassium; this essential dietary mineral is used by the body for a number of different purposes on of the most important of these is maintaining your electrochemical gradient that allows your nerves and muscles to function properly. Muscle cramps, weakness, intestinal paralysis and heart arrhythmia may result if your potassium level falls too low.
Bone Health: Broccoli is abundant in both vitamin K and calcium both of these are essential for strong healthy bones.
Blood Pressure: broccoli is a great source of magnesium , this naturally occurring mineral plays a key role in regulating blood pressure and has been used to treat hypertension for more than a decade.
Immune System: your immune system is your only line of defense against viruses and bad bacteria so it’s very important to make sure it’s functioning properly. Broccoli contains large amounts of a substance known as ‘Beta-carotene’ that helps to keep your immune system functioning properly as well as this broccoli also offers your body trace minerals such as zinc and selenium which further ace to strengthen immune defense actions.
Eye Health: studies show that the carotenoid lutein found in broccoli helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. In addition to this broccoli is also a great source of vitamin A which is needed to form our retinas
As I am sure you can now see this somewhat tasteless vegetable packs a powerful health punch and we would strongly recommend eating broccoli at least two times a week for those of you that don’t like broccoli there are some great easy to follow recipes online That can disguise its taste well keeping all the great health properties it can offer.