Pete Evans is all over Broccoli
It’s called one of the world’s healthiest foods for a few good reasons! Broccoli is an incredibly powerful cruciferous vegetable – in the same family as cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and more.
It’s so full of important nutrients we literally can’t afford to live without it!
Packed with antioxidant nutrients and anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and detoxifying properties, this Brassica is a dietary star staple that will have a phenomenally positive impact on aiding in the journey to achieving optimal health.
Originally cultivated the Italian province of Calabria, it was called broccolo. Broccoli’s name is derived from the Latin word brachium, which means branch or arm and reflects the tree-like nature of this flowering vege.
Rich in key minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium– all of which are needed to keep the body functioning at full capacity – broccoli is a way to get these super-nutrients from a natural source.
And it has huge health benefits. Most importantly broccoli reduces inflammation and pain in the body as well as helps to fight allergies.
Full of an important sulfur-rich compound called sulforaphane, it can help to mitigate many chronic illnesses.
By far and away the greatest scientific discovery about sulforphane is it has been shown to kill cancer stem cells by attacking the root growth of tumours.
One study found that eating just four serves of broccoli a day could help protect men from prostate cancer. Sulforphane also helps to significantly improve blood pressure and kidney function as well as stabilising blood sugar levels.
The compound activates antioxidant defense pathways in the body, which halts the immune system’s decline and protects against the stress that causes ageing.
The way you prepare broccoli can also have an impact on how many nutrients your body can absorb from this cushion-topped vege.
It’s at its best from a nutrition perspective when it’s raw or just slightly steamed. And you can also get lots of the same benefits by eating its sprouts. In fact, sprouts are far more nutritious than eating the mature broccoli.
However way you choose to eat it, just remember to do like your mum told you and eat your broccoli. Here’s five more reasons why:
- Broccoli can help to improve Vitamin D deficiency because it contains vitamins A and K, which help to keep the metabolism of Vitamin D in balance. And Vitamin D is needed by the body to absorb calcium for strong bone development.
- It has two carotenoids in it – lutein and zeaxanthin – which promote healthy eyes.
- High in fibre, regular consumption of broccoli can lower cholesterol and aid in achieving a healthy digestive system.
- Because it is so rich in Vitamin C, it’s a great addition to your diet if you have trouble absorbing iron as it enhances this capacity in the body. And it also helps ward off colds.
- Broccoli also promotes healthy skin and fast repair thanks to the magical compound sulforaphane.