Health benefits of eating broccoli

Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family that also includes the cauliflower.

Its large, flowering head is typically eaten and it may be eaten raw, boiled or steamed.

It is a rich source of numerous nutrients.

The nutrients in broccoli include the following carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber, fat and protein

It also includes Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, E and K.

Trace minerals include calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and Zinc.

Broccoli is also a rich source of vitamin C and dietary fiber.

It also has potential anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium.

Diindolylmethane has the potential to provide anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity.

A compound glucoraphanin, also found in broccolis can be turned into an anti-cancer compound sulforaphane.

The processing method of broccoli greatly reduces its nutritional properties so it is best eaten raw.

 

Photo by Mister GC. Published on 18 January 2013
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