I doubt anyone is still unaware of the incredible benefits of broccoli. It’s almost impossible since it’s one of the most talked-about food medicines that even mainstream medicine loves.
Use the Benefits of Broccoli to Fight Cancer!
Multiple studies have applauded broccoli’s ability to lower cancer risk and prevent prostate cancer. However, new research from Oregon State University takes it a step further. One of the compounds found in this leafy green is sulforaphane. Scientists credit this substance for being able to directly influence aspects of your genetic code.
Something once considered “junk” DNA, called lncRNAs, may actually determine damaged cells to turn cancerous and begin to spread. In fact, researchers think these may even be the “on/off” switch for your genes. Learning to control them may prove more effective than any other cancer treatment currently available.
Emily Ho, professor and director of OSU’s Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, explained, “This could be a turning point in our understanding of how cancer may be triggered and spreads. This dietary compound, found at some of its highest levels in broccoli, can affect lncRNAs. This could open the door to a whole range of new dietary strategies, foods or drugs that might play a role in cancer suppression or therapeutic control.”
It turns out that sulforaphane balances lncRNAs. They are out of balance in cases of prostate, brain, breast, lung, and colon cancers. This offers fascinating possibilities in preventing the formation of cancer as well as slowing metastasis in existing patients.
Use the Benefits of Broccoli to Control Inflammation!
There are plenty of studies to back up broccoli’s track record in fighting inflammation. If you’re a smoker (one of the most pro-inflammatory things you can do to your body), you really need to add steamed broccoli to your daily diet!
One study discovered that smoking participants (10 cigarettes or more per day) saw a significant drop in C-reactive proteins (CRP are used to measure inflammation) and a dramatic increase in the antioxidants lutein and folate. The smokers only included 1.5 cups of steamed broccoli in their diets for ten days.
Imagine what could be possible if you make it part of your long-term wellness diet! The compounds that make broccoli a powerful cancer fighter are equally effective against inflammation. Other studies found that it has a positive impact on heart disease, obesity, arthritis, and diabetes.
Use the Benefits of Broccoli to Boost Immunity & Control Weight!
This cruciferous vegetable is packed with incredible nutrition. It’s considered “very low” on the glycemic index, which makes it a great addition to the diets of diabetics.This cruciferous vegetable is packed with incredible nutrition. #Broccoli #EatMoreVeggiesClick To Tweet
However, once you realize the abundance of nutrients (in addition to sulforaphane, folate, and lutein already mentioned), you understand just how good broccoli is for you. Much like the egg, broccoli has a bit of everything and your body is going to use every last bit!
Top Nutrients in Broccoli
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin Bs
- Vitamin E
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
No matter how you utilize broccoli, I can’t encourage you enough to include it each and every day. I add it to shakes and lightly steam it ahead for salads. Few side dishes are as satisfying to me as steamed broccoli with minced garlic and real butter.No matter how you utilize broccoli, I can’t encourage you enough to include it each and every day. #EatMoreVeggiesClick To Tweet
The excellent fiber content makes it filling, there are minimal calories to speak of (so they go a lot further), it’s perfect to help you detoxify (due to broccoli’s isothiocyanates) and the nutritional contents alone should make you dizzy with excitement!
Steamed Broccoli with Garlic Butter
- 1 large head broccoli (you can keep it florets only)
- 2 tablespoons real butter (salted or unsalted)
- 3 garlic cloves (minced)
- ¼ lemon (juiced)
- Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
- Use a steamer basket in saucepan filled with approximately 1-inch of water (you shouldn’t see the water in the bottom of the basket).
- Bring to a boil and add broccoli.
- Cover and cook approximately 5 minutes (you don’t want it too soft)
- Transfer broccoli to another bowl and drain water from saucepan.
- Sauté butter, garlic, lemon, and spices until garlic is golden brown.
- Return broccoli to saucepan and toss to coat.
This entire recipe takes less than 20 minutes between prep and cooking and is absolutely worth the time. If I’m feeling the beginnings of a cold, I’ll often double the garlic and add finely chopped onion as well.
It’s the perfect accompaniment to many entrees or served over pasta or rice.Broccoli is the perfect accompaniment to many entrees or served over pasta or rice. #EatMoreVeggies #Facts #BroccoliClick To Tweet
If eating broccoli isn’t your thing, try drinking it. Add a handful of florets to your green smoothie. The addition of bananas, berries, or mangos always overpowers any of the “green” foods I include in mine.
No matter how you decide to add the benefits of broccoli (it remains underappreciated) to your meals, your body is going to be grateful.
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