Broccoli – The Super Food
I don’t know about you, but something I keep seeing in most health related news today is how good broccoli is. In fact, our parents should have known to give us broccoli instead of brussel sprouts, because they are just as good if not better in nutritional value and in my opinion taste quite a bit better.
Let’s look at why broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet…
Health Benefits of Broccoli
Broccoli is an excellent source of (ok take a breath): Vitamin C, K, A, folate, Fiber, manganese, tryptophan, potassium, Vitamin B6 & B12, magnesium, protein and Omega 3 fatty acids. It is also a great source of iron, calcium, zinc and Vitamin E. Wow! Quite a list! And all this in a cup of this green super food only consists of 43 calories!
Now I’ve heard of the cabbage soup diet but they really should have thought of the Broccoli diet. At least it contains all these other excellent nutrients (by the way, I recommend you never do the cabbage soup diet, it is extremely dangerous!).
Ok so all these nutrients but how do they benefit me? Well the most respected scientific research has shown that Broccoli is a major anti-cancer food. And by major I mean, there are tons and tons of studies that it have shown to reduce cancer growth of all kinds from breast to bladder, prostate, and even skin cancer.
Together all these nutrients plus the large amount of phytonutrients (sulforaphane and indoles) that broccoli contains DEACTIVATE estrogen metabolites that promote tumor growth. In essence, the goodness of broccoli boosts our body’s detoxification enzymes which help our entire body, man or women.
Something that has been gaining a lot of attention in the supplement industry is a supplement by the name of DIM (aka Diindolyl methane). It is basically taking one of the most powerful anti-cancer elements of broccoli and putting it into a capsule for easy intake.
DIM also has further health benefits as it promotes healthy testosterone levels, estrogen metabolism and also promotes fat loss. I suspect because of these incredible benefits that DIM supplementation will become more and more popular with anyone who doesn’t always have time to eat tons of vegetables and is concerned with their health and hormone balance.
It’s not an easy supplement to find though! Here are some I recommend:
Take a look at my article on Healthy Broccoli Recipes. Do you have any other broccoli recipes you can add?