Wouldn’t be nice if there was something we could eat that would benefit our immune system, vision, digestive system, heart, and nervous system all in one. Well, there is and its called broccoli. It is referred to as a super food. It has countless benefits and can be eaten in so many different ways.
Broccolis is great for weight loss nutrition plans. It is low in calories and sodium, as well as being fat free. There are only thirty one calories in one serving, usually about one cup, of broccoli. It is high in fiber and vitamin C to support the immune system and contains a multitude of other vitamins and minerals, such as, B6, vitamin A, potassium, and magnesium. It is also packed with phytochemicals and plenty of antioxidants.
Broccoli aids in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Its high fiber content allows the soluble fiber, essentially meaning easier to digest, to connect with the cholesterol in the blood and more easily leave the body. As mentioned earlier, there are high amounts of calcium and magnesium that will assist in regulating blood pressure. These are just a couple processes, facilitated by this green super food, that help to detoxify the body. Detoxifying the body makes losing weight or gaining muscle easier because there are less contaminates to interfere with bodily functions.
Heart health is another large benefit to chowing down the broccoli. It keeps heart strong by keeping the blood vessels going to and from the heart strong. It even reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease later in life. Having broccoli in your diet will increases your hearts blood pumping abilities.
There are a number of other body systems that reap the rewards from the nutrient packed food. The high potassium in broccoli promotes a healthy nervous systems and muscle growth. There is a carotenoid in the vegetable called lutein that prevents eye degeneration and the vitamin A content is useful for the retina in the eye. The digestive system is also affected. The fiber maintains the proper bacteria levels in the gut and keeps the lining of the stomach and intestines healthy.
Many people dread the taste of the healthy green veggies, especially broccoli. It doesn’t have to make your appetite disappear when you see it on your plate though. It can be cooked in a variety of ways, steaming, stir- fry, raw, roasted. It can be included into delicious recipes like broccoli salad, chicken and broccoli, or broccoli casserole. There are even cook books made specifically devoted to broccoli.
Next time you try to plan out dinner try to include broccoli in the recipe, you will be glad you did later. It is very small, but very powerful vegetable in the cabbage family that will blast your body with insane amount of nutrients. It affects several systems within your body and has affects long after its picked up with the fork.
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