Superfood Broccoli In Fight Against Diseases (Episode 1)

June 2, 2015


Though broccoli isn’t the most popular vegetable in the world, it is definitely one of the most nutritious and beneficial to your body. Since broccoli is high in fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins, vitamins A, C, K, and the mineral iron, it is considered a superfood. However, there is another huge perk when it comes to eating this vegetable – its disease fighting properties.

Broccoli Vs. Cancer

Perhaps the biggest benefit among the many that broccoli provides is its role in fighting cancer.

“Broccoli can actually detoxify the body and is known to have cancer prevention properties. It has been shown to reduce breast, bladder, colon, and ovarian cancers,” says Keri Glassman, RD, CDN, the New York City-based author of The O2 Diet.

Namely, two of broccoli’s several phytochemicals, indoles and isothiocyanates, are responsible for the cancer prevention this amazing veggie provides. Further studies have found that the indole-3-carbinol can help prevent hormone-related cancers. (such as breast and prostate cancer).

The researches over at the University of Illinois have also discovered these cancer-preventing properties can actually be boosted. It appears that when broccoli is paired with spicy foods that contain the enzyme called myrosinase (such as horseradish, mustard, wasabi), this superfood becomes even more powerful.

And that is not all. Another research conducted at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, found that the beta-carotene in broccoli transforms into vitamin A when it enters our body, which is also a major benefit when it comes to preventing cancer.

In the following episode – Broccoli Vs. Osteoarthritis. Stay tuned.

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