Monday, 9 November 2015


Broccoli is practically a staple in my household. It is the favourite vegetable of my three young daughters, who adore it in the various ways I prepare it. As a parent and self-confessed health freak, I couldn’t be happier – not only have my children developed a taste for a healthy food, they’re hooked on broccoli, in particular. Why does this excite me?
Broccoli is a ‘superfood’ and one of the healthiest, most nutritious and beneficial things you could eat. For one thing, it’s high in protein – a fact which may surprise most people. It’s also a rich source of vitamins A and C, and fat-free – something which you can’t say about most animal-based protein. Furthermore, broccoli’s long list of nutrients help our wellbeing in myriad amazing ways:
Cancer prevention
Broccoli contains a compound which rids the body of a bacterium found to increase the risk of gastric cancer. It also rich in a powerful antioxidant which hinders the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer – and also boosts liver function.
Reducing allergy reaction and inflammation
Broccoli is a particularly rich source of anti-inflammatory nutrients – including omega 3 fatty acids. Research has shown the ability of such nutrients to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body, as well as help prevent (and even reverse the damage caused by) heart disease.
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.
Bone health
Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.
Detoxification
Brocolli brims with ‘phytonutrients’ which support all steps in the body’s detox process, including activation, neutralization and elimination of unwanted contaminants.
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.
Alkalizes your body
Like many vegetables, broccoli helps keep your whole body less acidic, which leads to a host of health benefits.
From an article published by irrepressible fitness empress and kinetic mommy-of-three, Shireen Yong, in www.healthfreakmommy.com




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