The health benefits of broccoli are very extensive. Not only is the vegetable loaded with essential nutrients, it also has therapeutic properties.
1-This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular foods. It explains broccoli’s health benefits, provides a nutritional profile, and tells you how it should be cooked and why.
2-Broccoli’s nutritional profile is impressive. It contains high levels of fiber (both soluble and insoluble) and is a rich source of vitamin-C.
In fact, just a 100 gram serving of broccoli will provide you with more than 150% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which in large doses can potentially shorten the duration of the common cold.1
3-Broccoli is also rich in vitamin A, iron, vitamin K, B-complex vitamins, zinc, phosphorus and phyto-nutrients.
4-Phytonutrients are compounds which lower the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.
5-Prevent osteoarthritis – a British study revealed that broccoli contains a compound called sulfophane which may help fight osteoarthritis.
6-Protect your skin against the effects of UV light – broccoli may help prevent skin cancer, not by eating it though, but by applying it directly to the skin.
7-Reverse diabetes heart damage – eating broccoli promotes the production of enzymes that help protect heart blood vessels and reduce the molecules that damage them.
8-Reduce cancer risk – eat broccoli just three times each month and you could potentially reduce the chance of developing bladder cancer6 by around 40 percent.