Your mom certainly knew the diverse benefits of Broccoli when she commanded “Finish your Broccoli soup now”! Moms know it all probably because they understand that how important this little green delight can be for your complete
diet. As a wholesome hub of various nutrients and vitamins, Broccoli has to be a must ingredient in your daily diet. Still wondering why? Read this article to learn the many benefits of Broccoli!
Excellent in terms of nutrients:
Broccoli includes high amount of soluble and insoluble fiber and is said to be the richest resource of Vitamin C. This means, your one cup of Broccoli soup can provide you with all the Vitamin Cs that your body needs on daily basis. Not only this, Broccoli also includes other Vitamins like A, K and B-complex. Don’t forget to add zinc, phosphorus and phyto-nutrients in this varied list.
The Power of Antioxidants and Phytochemicals:
What is the best thing that attracts you in a plant? Is it color, texture, fragrance or flavor? Whatever it may be, all these elements result due to the element called ‘Phytochemicals’. Researchers have proved that Broccoli is rich in Phytochemicals that is effective in general and specifically for our immune system. As far as Antioxidants are concerned, Broccoli contains ‘Lutein’- a powerful antioxidant that has the essence of carotene (good for vision).
Broccoli as a ‘Wall of Defense’:
The nutritious element in Broccoli provides a shielding edge against several diseases and infections. The sulfophane compound in Broccoli helps us against osteoarthritis- a common form of arthritis. A survey reveals that about 30 million people in America are suffering from osteoarthritis. Broccoli is also good for skin and related inflammatory problems. It protects a person from the harmful effects of UV rays that can also cause skin cancer. Broccoli produces healthy enzymes that are rewarding for reversing the harms of diabetes and major heart-oriented diseases. Eat Broccoli and reduce the risk of cancer (the proactive enzyme in Broccoli called ‘myrosinase’ can reduce the chances of cancer) by around 45%- proven by credible research. Broccoli also works as a detoxifier for purifying the
air that reaches your lungs- this is the reason it is majorly consumed in highly populated countries like China and India.
Broccoli for Autism and Progeria:
According to some recent studies, Broccoli has registered significant benefits for improving the behavioral state in an autistic patient. Not only this, the rarest diseases like ‘Progeria’ (that result due to poor performance and disposition of proteins) can be avoided with the help of antioxidants available in Broccoli. Broccoli is preferable when consumed raw or slightly cooked. Overcooking Broccoli should be avoided as it weakens some of the prominent enzyme available in this healthy delight.