Broccoli comes from the brassicas family. This family of greens also contains kale, cauliflower, beets and golden beets, cabbage. Broccoli is used for at least 2000 years, but in recent times consumption is increased a lot.
What does broccoli contain?
Mid-sized broccoli contains:
-More C vitamin than in orange
-Lot of K vitamins.
-Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 (Folic acid)
-Vitamin A as form of Beta Carotene
-This vegetable is rich in fibers and phytochemicals
-Also contains minerals
Broccoli Prevents Cancer!
This is an organic food and can prevent many types of cancer as: Breast cancer, cervical cancer, incomplete sentence, cancer on the internal organs (liver, lungs, kidney), Prostate cancer, and is particularly good for people with breast and cervical cancer, due to getting rid of the excess estrogen in the body. Broccoli ingredients are some of the most powerful weapons in humanity’s war against cancer.
It Helps Reduce Excess Kilograms!
Not many know that this veggie also helps in losing weight. Even it has small amount of calories and easy to eat, stomach needs bigger amount of calories to digest broccoli. Along with celery is one of foods which more you eat, more calories you are going to burn digesting it, which comply to 5 minutes of walking or 2 minutes of running.
It Strengthens the Immune System!
Due to abundance of vitamins and minerals it contains, prevents of numerous infections.
Prevents Heart Diseases!
Broccoli makes blood vessels more elastic, and is improving blood circulation in organism, as well preventing cardio-vascular diseases; broccoli increases enzymes production which is protecting the heart from various diseases. Beside, broccoli decreases level of “Bad” cholesterol and regulates the blood pressure.
Takes care of Your Skin!
Keeps skin shiny, clean, gentle if consumed. All these due to vitamins contained in. These vitamins rejuvenate skin.
Good Against Diabetes!
Its chrome concentrate reduces sugar levels in the blood and should be consumed in daily amount of 25 milligrams, and 100 grams of broccoli contain 22 milligrams of chrome. This means daily broccoli consumption for diabetic should be at least 100 grams.
Strengthens Sight and Protects Eyes!
This vegetable protects our sight because of beta-carotene, phosphor, vitamin A along with other vitamins as B-complex, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. These components, of which broccoli consists are great to keep health of your eyes, as well it can protect our eyes from UV 6.
It Detoxifies Organism!
The vitamin C, some amino-acids, sulfur also, makes broccoli great mean for detox and getting rid of the free radicals, as well as purifying the blood.
Relieves Tension and Stress
It relieves tension and stress, makes us feel better, preventing a lot of diseases, strengthening bones, as well as nourishing the brain; also broccoli is good for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Which Parts of it should be consumed?
Most of us eat the flower of this vegetable, throwing away the rest. But, that is really big mistake. The stem and the leaves are also very rich in vitamins and minerals which make this veggie on the top on the list of medicinal vegetables. Note: don’t forget that you can eat each and every part of this vegetable.
How to Prepare?
Not proper preparing makes losing a big part of the nutritious values of the vegetable.
Never prepare them to be soft, because it loses a good portion of vitamins. The best way is to prepare it semi-soft, by steaming it, as steamed broccoli has all of the nutritious values. Also you can boil it, fry it, bake it, or use it raw, in fresh salad.
Next few paragraphs present you a great detox salad-simple, fast to make and tastes delicious.
Fresh Broccoli Salad
- 1 broccoli clove
- 1 cucumber
- 1 lemon
- 2 or 3 radishes
- Olive oil
- Himalayan salt
How to Prepare:
Slice broccoli to small pieces and boil it short period. When it starts boiling put it aside and let it cool. Slice radishes and cucumber into circles. First we add broccoli and after that radishes and cucumber . Season this salad with some lemon, olive oil and Himalayan salt.
Some Useful Tips!
- Even though it is available through whole year, it is best to use it in winter.
- When buying this veggie always take one that it smells fresh, with strong body, big, dark green color. Avoid the ones with yellow leaves.
- Keep the it in fridge, don’t wash it. Keep in a plastic bag to avoid the moisture and to prevent of mo
- You can store it for up to five days.
- You can boil it and keep frozen in fridge for up to one year.
Some people face problems with stomach when consuming this veggie. But, don’t get upset; don’t avoid it just because of that. Rather, consume it in smaller amounts until stomach gets used to it.