Superfood Series: Broccoli

Here we go with the next superfood in the series. If you know anything sports, then you know the New England Patriots and San Antonio Spurs. They are both viewed from the outside world as dull, bland, boring, uninteresting, plain, unstimulating, flat, and unexciting. However, regardless of how mundane these two franchises are you can’t deny the fact that they are two of the greatest dynasties in sports. In other words, the Spurs and Patriots are the broccoli of the sports world.

Broccoli is the one food that children and adults push away at the dinner table. It looks funny, can have an odd texture depending on how you cook it, and is quite bland without proper seasoning. However, broccoli can stand strong at the 50-yard line or half-court knowing that it can stack up to nutritionally to any fruit or vegetable out there. Also, not only is broccoli absolutely delicious but broccoli is one of the most verstaile foods out there. Now let’s take a look at some nutritional facts about broccoli.

For starters, broccoli contains a chemical compound sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is a chemical compound found in cruciferous vegetables that inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Chemicals in broccoli also help to block genes that are associated with cancer growth. Broccoli also has a compound that hinders the growth of prostate, breast, and cervical cancer. Broccoli is also loaded with omega-3 which makes it an anti-inflammatory vegetable. The sulforaphane also fights the production of enzymes that damages cartilage in your bones. This means that a consistent diet of broccoli and slow the development of osteoarthritis.

This sulforaphane is a powerful chemical. Sulforaphane encourages the release of enzymes that protect the body’s blood vessels from damage and inflammation due to chronic blood sugar imbalances. This is significant in the fight against diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Sulforaphane boosts the immune system, improves kidney function, and lowers blood pressure. Broccoli contains high amounts of folate which researchers believe fight against various forms of cancer such as breast, cervical, stomach, colon, and pancreatic cancer. Broccoli is also loaded in Vitamin C, calcium, zeaxanthin, lutein, beta-carotene, and Vitamin K. If you read the label on some of the Superfood Greens supplements label, many of them use broccoli. This is for a couple of reasons. First, broccoli is great for detoxing. Glucabrassicin, gluconasturtiin, and glucoraphanin are special phytonutrients that supports the body detox process including neutralization, activation, and elimination of any unwanted contaminants. Second, broccoli helps alkalize the body. Just like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli keeps your body less acidic. When the body pH is out of balance, healthy issues typically follow. An imbalance in the body pH can lead to strokes, hypertension, weakened immune system, and mineral deprivation, just to name a few.

Another great benefit of broccoli is protein. Yes, I said protein! Broccoli contains 4.2 grams of protein per serving. And unlike meat proteins, broccoli protein contain less calories, more fiber, vitamins K, C, A, E and several B vitamins, plus minerals like chromium, phosphorus, copper and manganese.

 

This is a great video detailing the benefits of broccoli and I hope you enjoy. If you think broccoli is boring then think again. This is a superfood and a champion among all champions. Do your research and find the many ways that you can enjoy broccoli so that you and your family can reap its many benefits.

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