Broccoli is notorious for being pushed off of kids plates, but it is one of the healthiest veggies on earth.
Broccoli belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables which includes Kale, Cauliflower, brussel sprouts, bok choy, collard greens, turnips and rutabaga.
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Diets rich in Vitamin C, are known for their role in slowing down the aging process. Broccoli is no exception.
A cup of broccoli provides you more than the daily vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C being an antioxidant vitamin, boosts the production of collagen in the body. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and provides structural support to the tissues. Efficient collagen production can halt the development of signs of aging like blemishes, wrinkles etc
Broccoli being rich in fiber, prevents digestive troubles like constipation. Fiber adds bulk to the stools making their passage through the intestines alot more easier.
Broccoli, being a cruciferous vegetable is loaded with a compound called Sulforaphane. Researchers have found that Sulphoraphane can inhibit the enzyme histone deacetylase (HDAC), which is involved in the progression of cancer cells.
Sulforaphane has shown positive results in the studies involving melonama, esophageal, prostate and lung cancers.
Being an affluent source of folate, broccoli decreases the risk of breast cancer in women.
Adequate intake of folate has been shown to prevent against colon, stomach, pancreatic and cervical cancers. Although the mechanism behind it is not clear, researchers believe that it may be linked to folate role in DNA and RNA production and prevention of mutation in them.