Broccoli is rich in several health promoting properties, because of presence of dozens of nutrients in this tasty vegetable. Benefits of eating broccoli lies in the fact that antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic compounds are present in broccoli in ample amount.
Broccoli is known to be a rich source of vitamin B1, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin & selenium.
The effectiveness of this green vegetable depends upon how it is processed. Study says steaming and drying results in an apparent increment of sulforaphane content as well as antioxidant activity, probably due to an increase of the extractability of antioxidants and sulforaphane. Whereas, freezing and boiling broccoli diminishes polyphenol concentration, mainly due to volatilization and leaching into the cooking water.
This cruciferous vegetable has also become popular because of its ability to offer the following health benefits:
1. PREVENTS CANCER
Sulforaphane, a dietary component present in Broccoli/Broccoli Sprouts, inhibits the Breast Cancer Stem Cells, claims a study. These findings support the use of sulforaphane for the chemoprevention of breast cancer stem cells and warrant further clinical evaluation.
Broccoli, just like other cruciferous vegetables has immune boosting properties, which also helps in prevention of cancer.
2. MITIGATING ALLERGY & INFLAMMATION
Research reveals the ability of kaempferol present in broccoli to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. Broccoli also has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well-known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
3. HELPS IN DETOXIFICATION OF OUR BODY
Eating broccoli strongly supports body’s detoxification system, and researchers have recently identified one of the key reasons behind this is the presence of glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin – 3 glucosinolate phytonutrients found in a special combination in broccoli.
This trio is able to support all steps in body’s detox process, including activation, neutralization, and eliminating unwanted contaminants.
Isothiocyanates (ITCs) are the detox-regulating molecules made from broccoli’s glucosinolates, and they help control the detox process at a genetic level.
4. CHOLESTEROL REDUCTION
Broccoli is packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.
5. REGULATE OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND ANTI AGING
Sulforaphane present in broccoli, stimulates a variety of antioxidants in your body that can directly reduce oxidative stress and slow down the decline in your immune system that happens with age.
These antioxidants scavenges the free radicals in the body that are responsible for early aging of cells in our body.
I think you have got enough reasons to start eating this amazing vegetable every day.