The Benefits of Broccoli — The Super Hero of Super Food

Can you solve this food riddle? It looks like a tree and smells like, well, some say a rotten egg. Kids only eat it if it’s smothered with cheese. What are we talking about? Broccoli!

Broccoli is misunderstood and under-appreciated, but this superhero of super foods can do more for you in one cup than other foods can in several servings. Keep reading and perhaps you’ll gain new respect for this SUPER super food.

Broccoli Unmasked

Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family. It shares its cruciferous nature with its close relative, the cauliflower. Broccoli appears to be like any other green veggie until you look deeper and uncover its superhero food status.

Per serving, broccoli contains over fifty percent of the RDA for vitamin C and potassium (vitamin K). That’s more than what you find when you cut into an orange.

What about vitamin A? You get more vitamin A from broccoli than you do from drinking a cup of milk. Just one cup of broccoli does all that.

Broccoli and Cancer

Cooking broccoli can be a little, well, stinky. Let’s accept that right now and move on. You can blame the smell on the sulfur compounds it contains. Fortunately for us, it is those sulfur compounds that help to reduce the size of tumors in the body. This has been proven in testing with colon cancers. Broccoli cuts the risk of bladder cancer in high risk groups and also protects against ovarian cancer in women.

Oh, but broccoli isn’t done yet. It also partners up with the antioxidants found in carrots and tomatoes to boost the anti-cancer effects. Steam, don’t boil, your broccoli for better antioxidant delivery. Remember that tomatoes need to be cooked to release the lycopene, but overcooking broccoli reduces its benefit—as well as increases the stinky factor.

Broccoli and Detox

Who hasn’t heard of colon cleansing? Maybe it sounds like something you might want to do, but are a little leery about what will happen. You don’t have to pop pills and drink strange concoctions. Eat some broccoli and relax. Your colon will be cleansed naturally.

It’s been discovered that broccoli contains phytonutrients that help the body to eliminate more toxic compounds. This means fewer toxins inside your body meaning a healthier and better feeling you. This is good news as we are sometimes bombarded with all sorts of pollution beyond our control.

Broccoli also contains antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and prevent harmful damage to your body.

Broccoli and Digestion

Since we are already talking about elimination let’s just move backwards through the digestive tract and visit the stomach. The stomach is the site of food breakdown. The acid churns to break down food. When broccoli hits the stomach, the sulfur compounds are released and work to eliminate the bacteria that are responsible for stomach ulcers. Ulcers at the very least are uncomfortable and can be dangerous if untreated.

Do you have a new respect for broccoli? Put a little cheese on it if you must — just be sure to enjoy the benefits this powerhouse has to offer!

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