Health Benefits Of Broccoli

As a common vegetable from the market, broccoli have more minerals than any other vegetables. It is abundant in a variety of nutrition such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese, and so on. It contains more vitamin c than cabbage, tomatoes and celery. The nutrition contained in broccoli is very comprehensive. It mainly consists of protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals such as vitamin c and beta carotene, and so on. According to the nutritional analysis, 100 grams of fresh broccoli contain 3.5-4.5 g of protein which is 4 times higher than the cauliflower and 3 times higher than the tomatoes.

Also, it is already proved by the scientists that the broccoli have great anti-cancer ability especially in fighting against stomach cancer and breast cancer. Studies have shown that serum selenium levels of gastric cancer patients may drop significantly and the vitamin c concentration density in the stomach is also significantly lower than a normal person. Regular consumption of broccoli can not only enhance the concentration level of selenium and vitamin c in the stomach, it can also provide a great amount of beta-carotene which is helpful to block the formation of precancerous cells and thus inhibit the growth of cancer. According to the study from US nutritionists, broccoli contains a wide range of indole derivatives. This type of compound can reduce estrogen levels in the body and can lower the risk of breast cancer. In addition, studies have shown that an enzyme from broccoli called raphanin can prevent the formation of cancer through activating the role of carcinogenic detoxification enzymes.

In addition to anti-cancer effects, broccoli is also rich in ascorbic acid which can strengthen the liver detoxication capacity and improve the immune system. A certain amount of flavonoid substances from broccoli can regular the blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease. Moreover, broccoli is a type of high-fiber vegetables. Regular consumption of broccoli can effectively reduce the gastrointestinal absorption of glucose and thereby lower the blood sugar level for people suffering from diabetes.

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