Brilliant Broccoli

Broccoli.  It’s bright green, bushy, and a super food. In broccolimy experience, people either love it or hate it. This has prompted me to write this post. Why eat broccoli? What is it good for, and what can I do to make it more exciting?

First let me begin my telling you some things you may not know about broccoli:

  • Steamed broccoli may help to lower cholesterol. Fibre compounds in the vegetable bind to bile acids, and this makes the removal of bile acids easier for the body. This may result in a decrease in cholesterol levels.
  • Broccoli may also help the body’s detoxification mechanisms. There are three compounds in the vegetable (which are known as phytonutrients) called glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin. These phytonutrients are thought to support all the stages of detoxification
  • Broccoli is an excellent source of the vitamins C and K. Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of tissues in the body,  wound healing,  and repair of body tissues and structures. Vitamin K is involved in normal blood clotting, protecting bone structure integrity, and preventing calcification of the arteries. Broccoli is a good source of vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene), which along with Vitamin K, acts to sustain levels of vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) as they help to support its metabolism by the body.

Some delicious ideas for including broccoli in your diet:

  • have some steamed broccoli with salmon, and other veg such as mange tout, carrots, green beans and peas
  • add some broccoli to an eclectic vegetable stir fry.  Put lots of different veg in, and prepare yourself for a culinary and nutritious treat.
  • Make a broccoli soup

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