Broccoli and it’s Spectacular Healing Properties
All and any health advisory hammers on the relevance and importance of vegetables and fruits for a healthy life style and the need for dietary modifications to include these two, should these be absent from the normal food list.
The family of cruciferous vegetables, which includes Broccoli, Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage and Brussels acquires a position of pre-eminence in the hierarchy of food chain. In this, Broccoli emerges as a repository and a nucleus of nutrients both phyto and otherwise, which are truly spectacular.
This epitomised version attempts to list out the numerous properties of this amazing vegetable and its spectrum- coverage.
The existence of Sulforaphane gives Broccoli the strength to address inflammation in the high-risk arterial areas in the heart. Research suggests a reduction in the carotid wall-thickness and activation of protein in the arteries for plaque reduction and curbing of inflammation build-up. Regular consumption of Broccoli provides a healthy cover against a risk of stroke and heart attack.
Endowed with Potassium, Broccoli keeps the blood vessels in shape and with concomitant effect, dilates blood vessels to keep the blood pressure in check.
Phytoactive -Beta Carotene
The presence of Beta carotene, Vitamin A, Omega 3 fatty acids ,phosphorous and anti-oxidants, provides great help to the eyes, as age-related macular degeneration gets stalled, cataract development slows down and generally, a healthy vision follows.
Calcium and Vitamin K– The presence of these two in broccoli confers bone health.
Kaempferol, Vitamin C, Flavonoids –Blessed with these, and anti-oxidants properties to combat free radicals, Broccoli is an immunity-enhancer and going forward , with inherent high fibre content, it aids digestion, stimulates the colon for a regulated bowel movement.
There is also a telling connect between Broccoli and Type-2 Diabetes. Cancer-causing estrogens get depleted with Broccoli and it qualifies for an emphatic recommendation to fight-off breast cancer and cancer of the uterus.
By word of caution, for Broccoli to retain its almost all-encompassing properties, it should not be boiled but steamed.Cautious consumption of raw Broccoli is also considered a good option.
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