It’s delicious, nutritious, and scientists have proven time and time again that the benefits of broccoli may even fight cancer and other serious diseases.
If you think broccoli is icky, try different recipes (there are thousands) that might make the powerful veggie something you look forward to eating.
I add a few raw florets to my green shake a couple of times a week. I can’t taste it but the compounds that make it so good for you work just as well! Since I love to eat it, I add it raw to salads, eat it steamed with onions and mushrooms, and roast it with chopped garlic.
This pretty veggie has been a favorite of mine most of my life but if you’re not a fan, you’re going to want to figure out how to incorporate it into your eating plan.
Fight Liver Cancer with Broccoli Benefits
Researchers at the University of Illinois discovered that broccoli is better for your liver than they realized! Not only does it have natural protective qualities against liver cancer, it also helps prevent fatty liver disease or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Having a fatty liver is a known risk factor for liver cancer. NAFLD affects 20-30% of the American population and our diet isn’t helping.
Giving your body 3-5 servings a week actually lowers your risk of many types of cancer such as breast, prostate, and colorectal. This was confirmed yet again by the study but the primary focus was on your all-important liver.
Your liver is the hardest working organ in your body. It’s personally responsible for more than 500 tasks! Here are some of the most critical ones (that you cannot live without)!
- Every metabolic process depends on the liver.
- Energy production happens here and it keeps your electrolytes in balance.
- Any waste that’s too much for your kidneys to handle is removed by your liver.
- It removes excess hormones your system doesn’t need.
- With vitamin K, the liver creates proteins that your blood needs to clot properly.
- The liver is responsible for your primary production of bile (that’s how you break down and absorb fats).
- Your main nutrient storage facility.
- The liver ensures that your glucose (blood sugar) levels remain in balance.
Elizabeth Jeffery, professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois, explained, “The normal story about broccoli and health is that it can protect against a number of different cancers. We decided that liver cancer needed to be studied particularly because of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. Obesity enhances the risk for liver cancer and this is particularly true for men. They have almost a 5-fold greater risk for liver cancer if they are obese.”
Once again, it’s our diet of unhealthy fats and too much sugar that are the biggest concern. These substances are stored in your liver. Often, they’re converted to body fat.
Cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer possess a high mortality rate because you cannot live without your liver and a transplant is your only option once this vital organ sustains too much damage.
Broccoli slows down the accumulation of fat in the liver. The University of Illinois team tested their theories on mice who possessed a known liver cancer carcinogen.Did you know...Broccoli slows down the accumulation of fat in the liver? #EatYourBroccoli Click To Tweet
“We did not do it using a genetic strain of obese mice, but mice that became obese the way that people do, by eating a high-fat, high-sugar diet,” stated Jeffery. “There is almost no information about broccoli and high-fat associated diseases. The Westernized diet did increase fatty liver, but we saw that the broccoli protected against it. Broccoli stopped too much uptake of fat into the liver by decreasing the uptake and increasing the output of lipid from the liver.”
The benefits of broccoli decreased the number of cancer nodules in the livers of the obese mice. It didn’t make them lose weight but it did drastically improve the health of their livers.
The team also confirmed that raw chopped broccoli or lightly steamed preserves more of the sulforaphane content – the compound shown to fight cancer. They also feel cauliflower and Brussels sprouts could offer the same cancer-protective effects.
Top 7 Benefits of Broccoli
- Protects against cancer formation and slows cell growth of cancer cells.
- The sulforaphane content lowers homocysteine levels that lead to heart attack and stroke.
- Lowers cholesterol levels in the body using fiber to “grab” excess cholesterol for disposal.
- Naturally anti-inflammatory (good for your entire body – especially joints and those with allergies) and may be able to reverse damage already done to blood vessels.
- Improves good bacteria in the gut by helping flush more toxins and keep you “regular.” Detoxification boost to your body’s natural processes using phytochemicals to neutralize and eliminate toxins from your system.
- High lutein and zeaxanthin levels are excellent for eye health.
- Broccoli is literally packed with vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy such as vitamin K, vitamin C, chromium, folate, fiber, B vitamins, and so much more while ranking very low on the glycemic index and containing very few calories.
You need the benefits of broccoli in your life right now…and if you play around with recipes, I know you’ll find several you can enjoy. Broccoli is inexpensive and readily available year-round.
Your liver will thank you. Broccoli is totally the liver’s BFF.