Monday, October 20, 2008
Broccoli looks like green cauliflower although it is actually a member of the cabbage family. Flower stalks are green, purplish to white in colour and the plant has tiny yellow flowers.
Broccoli has phytonutrients, which enhance the body’s ability to expel carcinogens, Thereby believe to reduce tumor initiation. The swollen edible root can be either rounded or tapered and is red, yellow (Golden Beet) or white. The leaves sprout as a rosette above ground and are delicious used in salads when young.
Benefits of Broccoli
1. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc
2.Indole-3-carbinol, also called I3C, can encourage the development of ”good” hormones while discouraging harmful ones. This effect can reduce the risk of hormone-related cancers, like those of the breast or prostate.
3.Broccoli also contains the compound glucoraphanin, which can be processed into an anticancer compound sulforaphane,
Sulforaphane has been shown to increase levels of enzymes that block cancer. In a study using lab animals who were exposed to carcinogens—cancer-causing agents—25% of the animals who received sulforaphane developed tumors, compared to 68% of the animals who did not receive it.
4.Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A by the body. It's an antioxidant that can assist in the capture of free radicals, which can make cells more vulnerable to damage.
5.Broccoli has large amounts of calcium, which (among other things) helps prevent osteoporosis, and potassium, which is useful in the treatment of high blood pressure.
6.Broccoli is high in vitamin C, which has many benefits. These include the relief of cold symptoms (it's an antioxidant too), assistance in the absorption of iron, and the prevention of cataracts.
7.A high intake of broccoli has been found to reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
8.It’s a good source of folic acid (also called folate), which can be low in women taking birth control pills. Folic acid is also needed for the normal growth of tissue, which makes it very important for women who are pregnant.