In the same family as cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and collard greens, this root vegetable is high in vitamins A and C and is a good source of fiber.
Research has shown an association between eating high amounts of cruciferous vegetables and a lower lung and colon cancer risk. Some studies suggest that the sulfur-containing compound “sulforaphane” is what gives them their cancer-fighting power along with their slightly bitter taste. Sulforaphane’s capacity to block an enzyme believed to be involved in the growth of cancer cells is being investigated by researchers. According to researchers, using sulforaphane may be able to delay or hinder cancer. And there have been promising outcomes in the treatment of prostate, esophageal, pancreatic, and melanoma cancers and other cancers.
Broccoli contains folate, which has been studied for its ability to decrease the risk of breast cancer. Folate has shown a fair amount of promise in protecting against stomach, colon, pancreatic, and cervical cancers. Studies are being done to find out folate’s effects regarding its role in DNA and RNA production plus the prevention of unwanted mutations.
Broccoli has been shown to contain over 100% of your daily recommended allowance of vitamin K2, which will help with improved bone health. Just one cup of chopped broccoli is needed. K2 helps enhance calcium absorption and reduces the excretion of calcium in the urine. Broccoli also has calcium to bolster your daily need.
Broccoli contains a high fiber content which lowers the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and various gastrointestinal disorders. An increase in fiber intake has been linked to reducing blood pressure and cholesterol. Insulin sensitivity is improved by fiber, which may be beneficial in the fight against obesity. And preventing constipation and lowering the risk of colon cancer have been linked to the addition of fiber found in broccoli. As a bonus, the fiber helps maintain a healthy digestive tract and may play a role in regulating the immune system and inflammation.
Broccoli is full of vitamin C, which research has shown to fight against skin damage. Vitamin C may help to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin texture. One cup of broccoli contains more than the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, which is essential for collagen formation. Vitamins A and E are also found in broccoli.
Try these delicious and healthy Broccoli recipes
Dr. Nandi’s Tandoori Grilled Broccoli & Cauliflower Kebabs