If ever there was a superfood, it would have to be broccoli.
Broccoli originated in Italy and along the Mediterranean. It was formerly known as “Italian asparagus” and is said to have been brought to America by Thomas Jefferson. Broccoli provides the body with a wide variety of disease fighting nutrients. It is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, B vitamins, chromium, copper and potassium. It contains high levels of antioxidants and fibre.
Broccoli is an anti-cancerous, anti-aging, diabetes fighting, inflammation relieving and immune boosting wonder.
One of broccolis most powerful health components comes from the phytochemical known as, sulforaphane. Sulforaphane, which can be found in most cruciferous vegetables, has been identified to be beneficial in prevention and treatment of a wide variety of cancer. A study done by researchers at Oregon State University and the Texas A&M Health Science Centre, found noteworthy evidence of the ability of sulforaphane to prevent and cause cancer cell death in prostate, colon, pancreatic, breast, and ovarian tumors. Sulforaphane has also been studied for its ability to improve glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes.
How to Prepare:
Broccoli should be eaten raw or steamed. Steaming, unlike other cooking methods, won’t deplete the nutrient value of the broccoli. While the florets may be the favoured part of the broccoli plant, the stem is just as nutrient dense and should be incorporated into meals as well. Try slicing them up and adding them to a stir-fry, or store them in the freezer until you’re ready to make a batch of soup.
News and Research Communications. (n.d.). Retrieved July 02, 2017, from http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/jan/beyond-prevention-sulforaphane-may-find-possible-use-cancer-therapy