6 Amazing Benefits to Eat More Broccoli

My favourite vegetable, I just love broccoli, I can eat it raw, in a stir-fry, in a soup or salad or just simply by the plateful with garlic warmed in olive oil poured all over it.  Simply divine!

While there are many health benefits to including this mighty vegetable into your diet I’m going to share with you 6 benefits that I feel are important to know.

Cancer Fighter

Broccoli is a rich source of biochemicals, they are known to help prevent cancer. These supercharged chemicals act to neutralize the effects of cancer causing agents that enter the body and are so powerful they have even been shown to slow down the progression of existing cancer cells. Wow, how awesome is that! The biochemicals in broccoli are also known to prevent and slow down the growth of breast cancer cells.

Immune Booster

The vitamins and mineral that are antioxidants are A,C, E and Selenium.  Broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C. Which makes this veggie your go to for building a strong immune system.  Because vitamin C is an antioxidant it also makes broccoli a great anti aging food…your skin will thank you.

Good for the Heart

Broccoli helps lower cholesterol, it is rich in fibre, and very high in B complex vitamins.  It has also been shown to lower blood pressure.  All of which are required for optimal heart health.

Healthy Bones

Broccoli has more calcium than a glass of milk.  It’s not only rich in calcium, it also has other nutrients such as magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.  This makes broccoli very beneficial for children (for bone growth), and the aging population, especially women (who are prone to osteoporosis)

Eye Care & Cataract

Along with a high content of Vitamin A (on of the antioxidants), broccoli also has high levels of other carotenoids specifically lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been shown to help the eyes. Both have been credited with preventing eye problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

Healthy Nervous System

Broccoli has a high potassium (an electrolyte) content. This works not only in maintaining a healthier nervous system but also in allowing the human brain to function optimally. Electrolytes which also includes sodium is very important in keeping our heart and nervous system in optimal health.

If you need some ideas to add broccoli into your diet try my black bean pasta with broccoli or the beef with broccoli dish.