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Broccoli (Cruciferous)

Cruciferous or “cole crops” are vegetables of the cabbage family. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi sprout from the wild cabbage, originating from Greece to the British isles. Among the many varieties of broccoli, the broccoflower, broccolini, broccoli rabe or rapini, gai-lan, purple broccoli or sprouting broccoli make their way to our tables between the months of October and April.

HEALTH BENEFITS

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM Packed in vitamin C, broccoli is a good source of riboflavin, phosphorus, vitamin K and B6, potassium, manganese, niacin, magnesium, fiber, folate and pantothenic acid amongst others.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Broccoli is a great detox ally! It is packed with antioxidants that activate detoxification enzymes. The presence of vitamins, beta carotene, kaempferol, quercetin, boost the body’s defense against free radicals and anti-ageing.

BLOOD CLOTTING Kale is very rich in vitamin K, essential for blood clotting and has the power to trigger the absorption of certain proteins  and bind calcium. One cup of kale contains 7 time the recommended daily amounts of vitamin K, just saying.

BONE HEALTH High in calcium and vitamin K, broccoli is a great ally for bone health and fight osteoporosis.

EYE HEALTH Rich in vitamin A, phosphorus and other great nutritive complexes, broccoli protects from age related macular degeneration, vision defects, cataracts and infections.

GLOW Packed with antioxidants like vitamin C and minerals like copper and zinc, broccoli boosts your skin’s immunity and protects it from infections.

HEART HEALTH Sulforaphane also found in other cruciferous vegetables improves blood pressure and protects the lining of arteries, especially if damaged.
Like the liver that turns cholesterol into bile acid into the bloodstream, broccoli possesses bile acids that lower cholesterol levels along with high amounts of soluble fiber to flush it out the system! Stir fry anyone?

IMPROVE DIGESTION A good amount of dietary fiber and the presence of sulphorafane protect the lining of the stomach.

PROTECT FROM CANCER Broccoli can control the proliferation of cancer growth. Sulforaphane, a sulphur that has been proven to kill cancer stem cells, slows down tumour growth. Broccoli also has the potency to exhaust estrogens, which usually cause cancer in the body and is beneficial to protect from breast and uterian cancers along with prostate, bladder, colon, liver, lung and stomach cancers.

 

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