Broccoli has long been considered as ‘’superfood’’ because of its high nutritional value. Broccoli is an edible green plant, comes from cabbage family. Morphology looks like our desi ‘’cauliflower’’ stained with green color. Broccoli is often boiled or steamed or can even be eaten raw. Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous family which also includes cabbage, cauliflower, brussel-sprouts, bok-choy and so on. Broccoli is laced with so many nutrients which you cannot ignore like anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties. They also help cardiovascular and immune system.
Broccoli is rich in fibre and helps in digestion by preventing constipation. It also maintains low blood sugar and also helps in weight loss. Broccoli also has significant amount of protein (2.8/100 gm) which makes it qualified to be used as complete meal option. You can simply sauté broccoli florets and stalks in butter or ghee on a high flame, add salt and pepper and you are good to go. It tastes yum too.
Keeps you young
Since broccoli is loaded with Vit C and antioxidants, it acts as a good anti-ageing source. Antioxidants present in broccoli fights with the free radicals which are responsible for dull skin, pigmentation, and age related wrinkles. Eating broccoli can actually replace your anti-ageing pills and creams. So eat broccoli and stay young.
Makes your bones stronger
Broccoli has high levels of Calcium and VIt K which are very important for our bones to be healthy. It also has Magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.
All cruciferous vegetables has anticancer properties due to the presence of compound called Sulforaphane which boosts body’s protective enzymes and flushes out cancer producing chemicals. This compound also help patients suffering from arthritis by blocking enzyme which causes joint destruction and hence causes inflammation. It also has Omega-3 fatty acids which acts as an inflammatory agent.