Meet the Ingredient: Broccoli


Meet..BROCCOLI!

Now, we all remember when we were younger our parents, grandparents, every elder around us told us until they were blue in the face to eat our broccoli. And us, as children..did not want to listen to authority or really care to eat broccoli.

However, perhaps our elders were on to something. It turns out, this simple versatile green is really powerful and an excellent source of so many essential nutrients and vitamins we need to be our utmost healthiest selves!

The Top Four Benefits of Broccoli:

1. ANTI-CANCER PROPERTIES! Yes, you read that right. It’s true. Your diet can directly effect your body’s chances of developing a disease. Increased consumption of broccoli can impact cancer cells. There is evidence everywhere (when you dig a little deeper past mainstream media) that a whole, plant based lifestyle can decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Please read The China Study – a perfect example with TONS of scientific studies to back up its claim, plant based lifestyles are essential for optimal health. Broccoli (along with many other veggies – isn’t nature so powerful! And cool?!) contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and assists in the body’s detoxification process. All of that combined allows scientists to draw the conclusion that incorporating the veggie into your diet can eliminate cancer and other inflammatory conditions, “connections between cancer development and oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, and inadequate detoxification are so well-documented in the research that any food improving all three of these metabolic problems would be highly likely to lower our risk of cancer. In the case of broccoli, the research is strongest in showing decreased risk of prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, and ovarian cancer.” WOW!

2. Broccoli is HEART healthy! Our hearts an essential part of our body, right? It is imperative to keep our hearts healthy so they can perform all the necessary functions to keep our bodies healthy. Did you know that our diets directly effect the impact of each and every organ of our body and how they function? Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. This potent compound activates a protein that prevents plaque build up in the arteries. According to NaturalNews.com, sulforaphane also prevents platelets from clinging to blood vessel walls. Sulforaphane was discovered to also cease t