You have seen them in your salads, you have seen them in your stews- broccoli is one superfood that has been associated with all things nutritious and healthy. Broccoli, which gets its name from the Italian word “broccolo”, which means a “cabbage sprout”, is packed with anti-bacterial and immunity-boosting properties. Broccoli is a storehouse of antioxidants and essential minerals and is also loaded with skin-friendly vitamin C and weight loss friendly fibre.
Here are 6 Benefits of the Broccoli you must know:
1. Boosts Skin Health
In addition to the abundant Vitamin C content, broccoli also contains rich amounts of pantothenic acid which can also do wonders for your skin health. According to the book ‘Healing Foods’ by DK Publishing, broccoli contains abundant pantothenic acid, beta carotene and sulphur compounds, all of which encourage great skin. It is also rich in vitamin C which aids formation of collagen and helps to repair damaged tissue.
2. Boosts Immunity
The rich amounts of vitamin C found in broccoli can help boost your immunity levels too. A 100 grams of broccoli has a whopping 89 grams of Vitamin C, which is more than a lot of citrus fruits. Broccoli is also rich in beta-carotene and a host of antioxidants which makes it a perfect vegetable for your overall immunity. The rich amounts of vitamin C found in broccoli can help boost your immunity.
3. Boosts Eye Health
Broccoli is packed with a high quantum of carotenoids which can do wonders for your eye sight and eye health. It is especially rich in lutein, a naturally occurring carotenoid which helps maintain good eyesight and night vision. Lutein can also benefit your heart health and circulation.
4. Boosts Prostrate Health
According to the book ‘Healing Foods’, diets high in broccoli are associated with lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
5. Promotes Weight Loss
“For weight loss purposes, broccoli serves a great deal. Broccoli is full of weight loss friendly fibres. The fibre takes the longest to digest and keeps you satiated for long.” says Bangalore-based nutritionist Dr Anju Sood. It also keeps you from bingeing into fattening foods and checks your weight.
6. Boosts Heart Health
Broccoli is packed with several heart-friendly minerals like potassium and magnesium. Broccoli’s high fibre and omega-3 fatty acids help keep the LDL or bad cholesterol at bay. The potassium in broccoli acts as a vasodilator and checks your blood pressure levels. Broccoli is packed with several heart-friendly minerals like potassium and magnesium.
Source: NDTV Food