Salads are healthy. You know that of course! And if you add Broccoli to the mix, they taste divine, plus are immeasurably good for you in so many ways!
Traditional Indian foods have always included leafy green vegetables. As we reinvent our cuisines, we too find interesting uses for such vegetables.Broccoli works well in salads, stir fries, curries and soups. It contains nutrients like vitamins A and C, folic acid, fiber, calcium, potassium and magnesium and is rich in sulfur and several powerful antioxidants. Plus, this vegetable is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.Here are the top 10 health benefits of broccoli.
The ‘sulforaphane’ compound found in broccoli helps prevent cancer. Broccoli inhibits the growth of breast, uterus, cervical, prostate and skin cancer.
Regulates Blood Pressure
It plays a key role in improved DNA methylation, which is crucial for normal cellular function and proper gene expression. This is turn helps regulate blood pressure level.
Maintains Heart Health
Certain chemicals in broccoli protect arteries from clogging and causing heart attacks. It reduces your risk of atherosclerosis, heart disease, attacks and strokes.
Broccoli also helps your body in detoxification, eliminating waste products. It helps boost your energy level, increase immunity, improve metabolism, stimulate circulation and improve digestion.
Boosts Brain Power
Broccoli is a great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower, and B vitamins that improve mental stamina and memory.It also reduces your chances of suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s in old age.
Aids Weight Loss
Broccoli is a low-fat and low-calorie vegetable that helps fill you up quickly. Plus, its high fiber and water content add volume to your meal without adding empty calories.
Stops Premature Aging
The antioxidant vitamin C in broccoli fights free radicals and prevents premature aging signs like fine lines, wrinkles and skin spots. It also contains beta-carotene and vitamins E and B-complex that impart natural glow and keep your skin young.
Supports Eye Health
The unique combination of nutrients like carotenoids and vitamin A in broccoli makes it extremely beneficial for your eyes.
Promotes Healthy Bones
Being rich in calcium and vitamin K, broccoli promotes bone health and helps prevent osteoporosis.
Promotes Hair Health
Broccoli has hair-nourishing vitamins like C, A and B6. These vitamins stimulate the production of sebum, an oily substance that acts as a natural moisturizer and conditioner for your scalp and hair.