Broccoli is a super food that is filling, easy to prepare and delicious when prepared the right way.
A tree of broccoli could likely be the symbol of healthy living, because everyone knows that it is extremely good for you. We all have known for a long time that vegetables like broccoli are foods that we should regularly include in our diets if we are to enjoy good health. What is interesting is that science today has validated what our moms knew all along, and study after study continues to affirm that the foods we eat go a long way towards supporting or detracting from our health.
Vegetables––and particularly green vegetables––have a lot going for them as far as health benefits are concerned, but broccoli might sit at the forefront in terms of the healthiest vegetables you can eat.
Broccoli is something that is easy to prepare, delicious when prepared the right way, and is readily available wherever you are. It is great raw or cooked and can be prepared in limitless ways.
Health Benefits of Broccoli
Broccoli is a super food known to confer a number of health benefits.
Broccoli is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies concluded that people who ate broccoli every day for 30 days had significantly lowered levels of inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of broccoli were due to a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is something we have talked about for a long time at Know The Cause. Sulforaphane is known to inhibit cancer and can even kill the bacteria thought to cause stomach ulcers that lead to cancer, called H. pylori.
Sulforaphane is also a potent anti-fungal, known to kill fungal pathogens.
While sulforaphane is a stand-out nutrient in broccoli, broccoli has a rich nutritional profile. It is rich in fiber, but low in carbohydrates and calories. It is also replete with phytonutrients and antioxidants, including calcium, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, potassium, lutein, and zeaxanthin. It is this rich nutritional profile in broccoli that is thought to confer protection against numerous diseases.
A diet rich in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables is thought to play a significant role in protecting heart health, preventing diabetes, and preventing cancer. Compounds in broccoli are known to support the skin and aid in digestion all while boosting the immune system.
And, because of the anti-fungal compound sulforaphane, broccoli is a great food for those looking to rid the body of pathogenic yeast and fungi via diet. No doubt many of the other nutrients in broccoli can assist in this, as well.
Ultimately, you while on The Kaufmann Diet, broccoli is something to consider regularly adding to your plate.