Saturday, October 4, 2008

Broccoli - A Super Food

Broccoli is a plant of the Cabbage family, Brassicaceae. It closely resembles cauliflower with only difference of color. Broccoli is green whereas cauliflower is white.

Broccoli provides a high amount of vitamin C, which aids iron absorption, prevents the development of cataracts and eases the symptoms of the common cold. The folic acid in broccoli helps women sustain normal tissue growth. The potassium in it aids those battling high blood pressure, while a large amount of calcium helps combat osteoporosis. Good news is this vegetable is also fiber-rich, which enhances absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, as well as aims to reduce blood cholesterol levels. The health benefits of broccoli have also been linked to preventing and controlling the following medical concerns like Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, calcium deficiencies, stomach and colon cancer, malignant tumors, lung cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and even the aging process.

Broccoli sprouts are more effective than modern antibiotics against the peptic-ulcers-causing bacteria. Moreover, tests in mice show that the compound offers tremendous protection against stomach cancer - the second most common form of cancer in the world. Also a research revels that the individuals having broccoli in their diet are less prone to the lung cancer than others.

Preparing Broccoli-

 When preparing the vegetable, it is important to remember that over cooking broccoli — especially boiling it in water equals a reduction in vital nutrients which include anticancer compounds. Instead, try steaming, microwaving, or preparing broccoli in a tasty stir-fry. Look out for those broccoli tops which appear more purple than others. This means that they possess a higher level of carotenoids, which is better for your health.

Besides all its medical usage, it also tastes very good. So next time you buy vegetables....make sure this super food is in your cart.

Disclaimer : Article is only intended to uncover the medical properties of the herb. Please consult your doctor before using.


MAHARAJ said...

Thanks for such a nice article.

Anonymous said...

very true! thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Loved reading your detailed account on broccoli. I think it is truly amazing. Thank you very much for sharing.

Adding a bit more to it I thought I might as well mention about the acai berry that can help you to improve your health with its many properties. However do not fall for the lame marketing lines of Monavie Scam. Even though acai is full of nutrition properties it just can deliver what monavie suppliers promise you it will.