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I bet you already know that broccoli is considered one of the healthiest vegetables, right? As a matter of fact, this has been tagged as the “star among vegetables”. In case you’re still intrigued why let us share with you why. For women who aren't yet aware of its benefits to their health, then this article is for you…
A Quick Glimpse to the Star among Vegetables
Broccoli is said to have originated from Italy. It belongs to the Brassica family of cruciferous vegetables. Included in the same family are more familiar vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and Brussel sprouts.
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Here are some things you should know about broccoli:
#1 Broccoli is known to be beneficial for women. Do you know that broccoli contains phytonutrients, which are known as indole and sulforaphane, both are known and recognized to help prevent breast cancer? These phytonutrients help block estrogen metabolite which causes breast cancer growth. In addition, broccoli’s folic acid content is also good for pregnant women preventing birth defects. It is also a rich source of calcium which helps prevent osteoporosis.
#2 It helps in protecting the body against various cancers and other cancer-causing substances.
Studies have revealed that broccoli’s cancer-fighting substance called sulforaphane helps activate the body’s immune system cells (known as T-cells) and aid the liver in detoxifying carcinogens caused by cigarette smoking, exhaust fumes, and taking drugs and alcohol. In addition, there are also experts who stated that cruciferous vegetables lower the risk of developing cancers of the oral cavity, stomach, throat, lungs, colon, and pancreas.
#3 It helps in treating health and cholesterol problems.
Aside from the rich fiber content of broccoli, it also has Vitamin C and potassium, promoting normal heart functioning.
#4 It is ideal to support your weight loss program. Broccoli is a low-calorie food, which is very good for those who are on a diet. As a matter of fact, each cup of steamed broccoli contains only 46 calories. So, if you’re on a weight loss journey, steamed broccoli can be your perfect snack. So healthy, so less calorie!
#5 It has antioxidants to help boost the immune system.
Broccoli also contains several antioxidants such as beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and glutathione. Not known by many, aside from the widely known “whitening” effects of glutathione, this is an effective aid to the liver to neutralize cancerous substances and pollutants, including lead and mercury.
#6 It is consumed to prevent several types of diseases.
Just like other types of healthy vegetables, broccoli has been found to be good in the prevention and control of other diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancers, and Alzheimer’s diseases.
#7 It serves as a diet aid. Image by klickblick from Pixabay
Broccoli is a good carb food but hey, no worries, because it is high in fiber which aids digestion, prevents constipation, and maintains low blood sugar.
To make this article even more informative, let me share some tips on how to eat broccoli and Reminder: For those people who are having a thyroid problem such as hypothyroidism, be cautious in eating large amounts of cruciferous vegetables.
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