I know many of you are going to say yuck, but one of the best vegetables you can eat to help keeps cancers and disease away is broccoli. Broccoli contains powerful antioxidants in it that help attack the free radical cells in our bodies that cause cancers and disease, but you have to eat the broccoli crown and stem without the cheesy dressing to get the maximum healthy benefits from it.
Broccoli is a green flowery vegetable that is a member of the cabbage family. The vegetable is usually steamed and served with butter, salt, and pepper, and most of the time with a cheesy dressing to make it taste a lot better. However, loading your broccoli up with butter, salt, pepper, and cheeses can actually make this vegetable bad for you. The best way to eat broccoli is steamed with fresh herbs and olive oil or just the way it is so you can receive the most health benefits from it.
The nutrients in broccoli are anticancer compounds known as sulforaphane, calcium, folate, vitamin C, and beta carotene, iron, phosphrous, vitamin E, potassium, protien, niacin, and vitamin K. These are also known as the antioxidants in broccoli that help prevent cancers and diseases because of there ability to create loads of healthy enzymes that help detoxify harmful cancer causing compound from our bodies. The main antioxidant in broccoli that really helps prevent cancers and diseases in the body is the sulfur compound because not only does it fight off the cancer causing cells, but it also helps kill the bacteria in the body that causes infections such as ulcers in the intestines, stomach, throat, and mouth. The other main nutrients are the calcium and vitamin C in broccoli because they help keep our bones, tissues, and muscles strong so we can move easily and freely without any problems such as joint pains and body aches. The vitamin C also helps protect our immune system so it can fight off illnesses better such as cold and flues. All the antioxidants in broccoli are beneficial to our bodies, but in order to get the health benefits from broccoli we have to eat all of the broccoli like I mentioned before such as the whole crown and stem of the veggie.
Some of the different types of cancers and diseases broccoli can help prevent are tumors, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, gastrointestinal disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, colon cancer, lung cancer, heart disease, and arthritis. The antioxidants in broccoli can even help keep us looking young and vibrant because they help fight off the free radical cells that cause aging.
Now I know some of you are still thinking broccoli is yucky, but would you consider eating it now that you know the amazing health benefits it could provide for your body? I know I would. Broccoli just contains way to many health benefits in it I simply can not refuse. Keeping our bodies in top shape and good health should be important to us all as well as eating the veggies that help provide amazing health benefits to us. So, go eat some broccoli and get those protective cancer and disease fighting antioxidants into your body.