Sunday, March 8, 2009

Miracle Food: Broccoli

" Broccoli has a high vitamin and mineral content, containing beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and zinc, together with a range of B vitamins and folic acid. It is profoundly strengthening for the immune system and has now been recognized by many medical authorities as a major force in combating cancer of the bowel. This is because broccoli contains sulphuraphane, a substance which detoxifies and effectively secretes the carcinogens we are breathing in and eating all the time. It is very protective of the immune system as a whole, not only against cancer, but also against heart disease and a range of infections, particularly those affecting the respiratory system.

High in both antioxidants and fiber, broccoli is a deeply cleansing vegetable. It cleanse not only the entire digestive system, it purifies and stimulates the liver, too-the body's most important organ of detoxification. This has a beneficial effect on the entire system, as when the liver is working to its full potential, the whole body functions better. Broccoli prevents a buildup of harmful toxins within the system, and you can even see the difference. When the body's toxic load is reduced, the skin visibly improves, making broccoli an excellent beauty food. Its vitamin B2 content is another beauty booster, benefiting skin, hair and nails. Vitamins B2 and B5 combine powerfully in broccoli to metabolize fats into energy, so it gives you a boost in more ways than one. Proper cooking is essential to ensure broccoli retains its beneficial nutrients.

As a good source of folic acid, broccoli is also particularly valuable for pregnant women. Folic acid protects against spina bifida in unborn babies and strengthens the nervous systems and blood cells of mothers and babies alike. Folic acid also promotes the production of serotonin, a mood-lifting chemical that is produced naturally within the body, so broccoli may also be beneficial for people suffering from depression. It is recommended that 1-3 portions of broccoli should be eaten a week."

Taken from "Miracle Foods" by Anna Selby

1 comment:

  1. I have totally been craving broccoli! I steamed a huge bowl of it yesterday for a snack and ate it with some lemon juice and salt sprinkled on top.