Broccoli or Brassica oleracea is part of the cruciferous family, has a high nutritional value being rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
Buy fresh broccoli when it’s in season (July – October) and plain, frozen broccoli at other times.
Look for tightly closed, deep-green buds with slender, firm stems and crisp leaves. Yellow or flowering buds, wilting leaves and rubbery stems are signs that the broccoli is not fresh.
I recommended you to cook broccoli in a healthy manner, without involving temperature, because it is the only way to retain its nutrients. Serving many menus based on broccoli provides the body a significant amount of minerals, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. All these substances are excelent for the health of the entire body and can prevent serious diseases.
Here are 10 reasons you should start eating Broccoli right now.
1. It is an anti-inflammatory
If you suffer from painful chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis or gout, one of the best reasons to eat broccoli is that it contains a flavonoid called kaempferol, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
2. Help people with allergies
It also combats inflammation. You can try and cabbage, strawberries, tomatoes and grapes.
3. It is rich in fiber
Broccoli is a friend of those who want to loose weight- 2 grams fiber per serving.
4. Helps absorption of D vitamin
Broccoli is an excellent source of A and K vitamins, which helps the healthy absorption of D vitamin.
5. It is good for the eyes
Broccoli is rich in two carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin, both being good for the eyes.
6. It offers you a beautiful skin!
One of the chemical substances in broccoli called Glucoraphanin, is converted into another chemical substance during digestion, which encourages healthy cell regeneration.
7. Helps in preventing heart diseases
Apart from improving eye health, lutein in broccoli also help to prevent heart disease. It keeps the arteries open so blood could flow properly.
8. It is rich in protein !
Who knew? One serving contains 3 grams of protein, and zero grams of fat. Amazing!
9. Help cramps
Potassium is important because it helps prevent muscle cramps … and also help to combat high blood pressure.
10. It’s good for bones!
Did you know that you can get 4% of the recommended amount of calcium from one serving of broccoli? It is especially important for women because they often suffer from bone diseases such as osteoporosis.