Have you remembered to eat your broccoli lately? When you realize the many health benefits of adding broccoli to your diet you may never forget again.
1. Broccoli has high iron content
Not getting enough iron can lead to anemia, which can cause you to feel exhausted, cold and unable to think. Not only does broccoli have a high level of iron, it also has vitamin c, which allows the iron to be more easily absorbed by the body.
2. Broccoli has been shown to kill cancer cells
Some broccoli a day can keep the cancer away. One study showed how the selenium in broccoli could reduce colon cancer and breast cancer. Another study showed that the sulforaphane in broccoli can inhibit breast cancer cells. And another study showed that sulforaphane from broccoli can inhibit and prevent bladder cancer.
3. Broccoli is packed full of fiber, which means that broccoli is great for digestion. Broccoli has 1 gram of dietary fiber for every 10 calories. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, dietary fiber has been found to lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar, create more bowel regularity. Also regular fiber intake has been found to help prevent cardiovascular disease, and prevent type 2 diabetes.
4. Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin k
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Vitamin K is great for reducing risks of excessive bleeding and is essential for bone health. Getting enough Vitamin K can reduce your risk of hip fracture and recent data suggests that only 1 in 4 American adults gets enough vitamin k.
5. Broccoli may help with Arthritis symptoms
Some studies have shown that properties in broccoli may improve symptoms of arthritis in mice, while other studies suggest that the sulforaphane in broccoli may be effective in treating arthritis.
Try these yummy and healthy recipes and add more broccoli to your diet.
• Broccoli cheddar quiche for breakfast from Martha Stewart
• Greek Broccoli Salad for lunch from Cookie and Kate
• Roasted broccoli cheese soup for dinner from The Kitchn