~ The Power of Broccoli ~
Science has proven that broccoli has many benefits for our body. I was recently watching a documentary on TV about super foods, which made me do a little more research into this green natural wonder vegetable. A man with prostate cancer had reportedly shrunk his cancer dramatically by eating a bowl of broccoli soup every day for six months! The scans from his doctor confirmed this. While of course we can be skeptical, the science is now backing up the benefits of broccoli for our health.
How is Broccoli Good for You?
Broccoli is rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamin C, calcium, folate, beta-carotene, iron and phytochemicals. To hold its goodness do not overcook. Every part of the plant is edible. It is thought the flower sprouts are highly nutritious. Just half a cup of steamed broccoli contains 2.3 g protein and 2.4 g fiber.
Recent studies have now found that broccoli is a powerful antioxidant and capable of preventing a number of health issues, including:
How Broccoli Can Help Slow Arthritis
As we age one of the most common health problems and pain we get is through the onset of arthritis. as women, when we age, our hands are usually the first place in our body to be hit with pain and discomfort.
According to a team of researchers at the University of East Anglia the benefits of broccoli for the prevention and treatment in arthritis are very real. they report that eating lots of broccoli may slow down and even prevent osteoarthritis.
Encouragingly, initial testing found that the compound in broccoli called sulforaphane appears to block a key destructive enzyme that damages the cartilage in our bodies. So we had to ask the question if other green vegetables also contain the phytochemical sulforaphane. Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, kale, collards, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, mustard, watercress and rocket all contain the compound sulforaphane. Yes! That is good news!
Feeding loads of broccoli and greenery can be a challenge for some families, but help is at hand! By making my own and drinking green juices balanced with a little apple, beet, carrot or orange is not only of benefit to my families health, but they also taste delicious: best served cold.
I have the Green Juice Recipes book by Peggy Annear which has loads of broccoli and green vegetable options, while still making them palatable. The other good thing about making your own juices is that you receive the optimum amount of effectiveness from the green vegetables because they are raw.
The Nutrition Digest reports Sulforaphane, which is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits, can also be found in other cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. However, broccoli has been found to be one of the highest sources.
Of course any prevention of pain and sickness through food is preferable over taking medications. It is really good news if you can use diet to alter the outcome. As we get older we often have more time and inclination to garden. Prime natural beauty is all about skin care and health and it all starts from the inside out.
So how much broccoli do we need to eat a week in order to reap these benefits? Studies have found that eating as little as four servings per week are beneficial. Very doable for most people. Pain through cancers and arthritis are common place today, so this sheds some light.
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