Broccoli, a green vegetable, which looks more or less like a cauliflower has more protein than meat that is about 4.5 gms per 30 calories. It has considerable amounts of dietary fiber, vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate, vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, and tryptophan.
Some of the important health benefits of broccoli
- Helps digestive system
Being a rich source of fiber, broccoli aids to relieve constipation. The presence of vitamins and magnesium in broccoli treats acidity, reduces inflammation and helps in digestion, relaxing the stomach.
- Promote skin care
Loaded with antioxidants, broccoli helps in making your skin healthy, renews as well as repairs the skin from free radical damage. It enhances beauty, gives younger looking skin, promotes a natural glow, and act as an anti-aging agent. A compound, sulforaphane, found in broccoli is effective against cancer-causing pathways, and also blocking sunburns.
Presence of compounds including diindolylmethane, glucoraphanin, selenium, beta-carotene, and certain amino acids proved to be a natural defense against several types of cancer like uterus, breast, lungs, prostate, liver, colon, kidneys, and intestines. Broccoli is most beneficial for breast cancer and uterine cancer because it removes estrogen from the body.
- Improves bone health
The presence of vitamin K in broccoli makes it capable to improve bone health by encouraging calcium absorption and diminishes urinary excretion of calcium.
- Healthy heart
Studies suggest that sulforaphane found in broccoli may help to prevent inflammation in specific arterial areas at higher risk.