Broccoli constitutes an eatable green plant from the family of cabbages with huge flowerhead, which are generally consumed in the form of vegetables. Although broccoli is often steamed or boiled, it is also consumed raw. It falls under the group Italica cultivar under the species Brassica oleracea. Visually, the vegetable largely resembles cauliflower, another vegetable belonging to the identical species. Broccoli has been traditionally considered to be a very delicious vegetable ever since the time of the Roman Empire. Although it has been known for the past couple of centuries in the United Kingdom, its use didn’t become wide until recently.
How does broccoli help you?
• Broccolis generally contain glucoraphanin that is converted into anti-cancer compound sulforaphane by the body. This chemical saves the body from the harmful effects of H. pylori, one of the bacteria that increase the chances of getting gastric cancer. Additionally, broccolis are also endowed with indole-3-carbinol, a rather strong antioxidant and anti-cancer compound that prevents the development of cervical, breast and prostate cancers.
• Broccolis contain a lot of isothiocyanates and kaempferol, a couple of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Studies have found out the beneficial effects of kaempferol in reducing the effects of allergy-related compounds in the human body. Additionally, broccolis also have omega 3 fatty acids that are traditionally known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
• Broccolis also contain sulforaphane, an essential isothiocyanates. The compound is known to be anti-inflammatory and might be able to stop or even sometimes cure damages to the linings in the blood vessels caused by chronic diabetes .
• Broccolis could play an instrumental role in the detoxification process in the body as the vegetables contain gluconasturtiin, glucoraphanin and glucobrassicin. These phytonutrients are very important in the neutralization, activation and elimination of undesirable and harmful contaminants. Additionally, broccolis also contain isothiocyanates that detoxify the genetic impurities.
• Broccoli is very high in fibers and consequently it helps in the process of digestion thereby preventing constipation. It helps in maintaining a reduced blood sugar level and prevents people from overeating. Additionally, broccoli is a very good source of good protein as well.
• Akin to many other vegetables, broccolis play an important role in reducing the acidic content in the body. An increase in the acid content could lead to a lot of problems.
Broccolis constitute a very good source of some of the most important nutrients found in food.