We all know broccoli and how it looks… yes it is that weird vegetable that your mum made you eat when you were a kid which looks like a small tree. I personally have always loved broccoli, but I know a lot of people who hate it and will never add it to their grocery shopping list. One thing is clear hate it or love it broccoli has some amazing health benefits you should know about which might even change your mind…
So here are 10 great reasons why broccoli should be an essential part of your every day diet starting from now.
1. Immune System:
Only one cup broccoli will boost your immune system with a large dose of beta-carotene and also trace minerals like selenium and zinc will increase it even more.
2. Bone Health:
Broccoli is also good for your bone health and prevention of osteoporosis by having significant amount of vitamin K and calcium.
3. Vitamin C:
Just one cup of broccoli contains the daily amount of C vitamin that should be consumed by a grown up.
4. Blood Pressure:
Broccoli also contains a good amount of calcium and magnesium which will help your blood pressure in place.
5. Sun Damage:
Broccoli is very helpful in repairing your skin from sun damage and helps your skin to detoxify and repair itself thanks to the glucoraphanin.
6. Nervous System:
Broccoli contains a large amount of potassium, which is essential in helping you maintain a healthy nervous system, promote consistent muscle growth and is highly beneficial to your brain function.
7. Cancer Prevention:
Broccoli poses cancer fighting and immune system boosting properties by containing glucoraphanin, indole 3 carbinol a combination of powerful antioxidant and and anti carcinogen found to prevent prostate, cervical and breast cancer while also boosting liver function.
8. Diet Aid:
A cup of broccoli has the same amount of protein as a cup of rice or corn, but with half the calories. Broccoli is also high in fibre which will help with your digestion, prevent constipation, help you maintain low blood sugar and keeps back the need to overeat.
9. Eye Health:
Broccoli will improve your eye health thanks to high levels of carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin. Both play a big role in keeping your eyes healthy by preventing cataracts, macular degeneration and also by possessing anti cancer properties.
10. Heart Health:
High levels of lutein contained by broccoli will help to fight heart diseases by fending off thickening of arteries. Broccoli is also rich in B6 and folate which will lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and atherosclerosis.
After finding out about these great benefits I am confident the ones who love broccoli will love it even more. I know I do! The ones who stay away from it might re consider adding it to their diet as it will do your health loads of good.
If you know of any other health benefits broccoli posses please do share with us in the comment below!