If superfoods are royalty in the kingdom of food, then broccoli is king (or queen!) It is one of the most nutrient-rich foods out there. Here are some of the reasons why it sits on the throne of health.
How Broccoli Helps Your Health
Phytochemicals (yes, that’s pronounced fight-o-chemicals) naturally found in broccoli provide an almost unbelievable range of anti-inflammatory, immunity-boosting and cancer-fighting benefits.
One of these phytochemical groups are carotenoids, which, combined with vitamin C, can protect your eyes from cataracts.
Speaking of vitamin C, broccoli is loaded with it, as well as calcium, and it’s a winning combo. Vitamin C helps your body absorb calcium, building better bones.
It’s chocked full of folate, the B vitamin and plant version of folic acid. Folate has been known to prevent birth defects and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies show that most people don’t get enough folate.
Additionally, it’s anti-cancer effects have been well documented by countless scientific studies. Phytochemicals eject carcinogens and help prevent cell oxidation, which are both cancer-causing bullies.
Super-Charged Broccoli Supplements
If you don’t care for this green super-veggie, then maybe a sprout supplement is for you. It’ll provide all the health benefits without the somewhat bitter taste—or the gas!
Broccoli sprouts are even more potent than mature spears. When you’re looking for one of these supplements, check to see if it is made from sprouts. This is a great way to get even more benefits, as the sprouts can be expensive to buy at the supermarket.
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