Content and Benefits of Broccoli for Health
Broccoli Broccoli for Health has the Latin name Brassica oleracea L. and comes from the family Brassicaceae or cabbage. According to some literacy, broccoli is a vegetable that comes from the Mediterranean Sea and has been cultivated since ancient Greece.
In Indonesia, broccoli is a vegetable that is very well known, especially for people who live in urban areas. When she first appeared, broccoli become quite rare vegetables with high prices and is considered a top class vegetables.
However, along with the development of technology and knowledge, broccoli successfully cultivated in Indonesia, especially in cold regions such as Lembang, Bandung and Malang. Although now more readily available, but the predicate as the vegetable upscale maintained. This is because the content of nutrients in broccoli that are beneficial to health.
Any content of nutrients in broccoli? And what are the benefits of broccoli for health?
Nutritional content of broccoli can be fairly complete. In broccoli are some nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, K, and minerals such as calcium also iron. Fiber and antioxidants in broccoli are also good for health.
Benefits of Broccoli for Health
The amount of the nutrient content in bokoli make it as vegetables that are beneficial to health when consumed as needed. Here are some benefits of broccoli for health:
1. Lose weight
For those of you who are in a weight loss program, then the broccoli can be a meal fit. Broccoli is a low-carbohydrate diet. High fiber content makes you feel full longer.
2. Preventing heart disease
Scientists at the Institute for Food Research in Norwich, England, crossing two different types of broccoli to develop super broccoli containing glucoraphanin up to 2 to 3 times the normal amount. In addition to good skin, glucoraphanin compounds known as compounds that are essential for maintaining heart health.
3. Healthy eyes and skin
Broccoli contains vitamin A and lutein which is good for eye health. In addition, the content glucoraphaninnya can help repair skin damage due to sun exposure or the aging process.
4. Preventing constipation
High natural fiber content in broccoli may help patients with constipation, smooth bowel movement and maintain digestive health in general.
5. Preventing cardiovascular disease
Several studies have shown that vitamin B6 and folic acid contained in broccoli offer some protection against heart disease and stroke.
6. Controlling blood pressure
Broccoli can help maintain a healthy nervous system and balance the effects of sodium on blood pressure. In addition, the potassium content can help stabilize blood pressure and maintain the nervous system and healthy brain function.
7. Maintaining bone health
In the first article, I’ve discussed about how to maintain bone health. One of them meets the nutritional needs for bone, namely calcium and vitamin K. Now, broccoli is a vegetable that has both so excellent if consumed for healthy bones, teeth and prevent osteoporosis.
8. Prevent Depression
A study showed that people who are prone to folate deficiency depression, fatigue, poor memory, and mental problems may be more serious, such as schizophrenia. Broccoli is a good source of folate and vitamin B which is good. It is proven to improve mood and prevent depression.
9. Prevent Cancer
Scientists claim that broccoli really able to detoxify the body and is known to have preventive properties against cancer of the breast, bladder, colon, and ovarian cancer because it contains indoles and isothiocyanates, phytochemicals in broccoli. A recent study conducted at the University of Illinois found that the anti-cancer properties of broccoli can be increased when paired with spicy food containing the enzyme myrosinase, such as horseradish, mustard and wasabi.
10. Enhance immune
According to Elizabeth Somer, health experts and food, broccoli contains high levels of vitamin C, which can boost the immune system and helps fight infection. In addition, broccoli consists of phytonutrients and phytochemicals, including sulforaphane, which helps remove toxins from the body and strengthens physical endurance against flu.