INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BROCCOLI
Broccoli contains twice the vitamin C of an orange.
It has almost as much calcium as whole milk, and the calcium is better absorbed.
Broccoli contains selenium, a mineral that has been found to have anti-cancer and anti-viral properties.
Broccoli is a modest source of vitamin A and alpha-tocopherol vitamin E.
It also has incredible antioxidant properties.
The phytonutrients, sulforaphane and the indoles, contained in broccoli have significant anti-cancer effects. Research has show this compound (indole-3-carbinol)helps deactivate a potent estrogen metabolite that promotes tumor growth, especially in estrogen-sensitive breast cells, while at the same time increasing the level of 2-hydroxyestrone, a form of estrogen that can be cancer-protective. Indole-3 carbinol has been shown also to suppress not only breast tumor cell growth, but also cancer cell metastasis (the movement of cancerous cells to other parts of the body.
Sulforaphane contained in broccoli may also offer special protection to those with colon cancer-susceptible genes.
Researchers estimate that broccoli sprouts contain 10-100 times the power of mature broccoli to boost enzymes that detoxify potential carcinogens! A healthy serving of broccoli sprouts in your salad or sandwich can offer some great health benefits.
Other ways broccoli helps our lives include, help for sun-samaged skin, significant reduction in heart disease risk, cataract prevention.
Broccoli can help boost the immune system, build stronger bones and is useful during pregnancy with 1 cup of brocolli offering 94 mcg of folic acid. Folic acid deficiency is the most common vitamin deficiency in the world.
All this adds up to, eat your broccoli, 3 or more serving a week.
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This information is not designed as or intended to be used as medical diagnosis or advice. Patients should consult their physicians about diagnosis and treatment.