Super Food of the Month – Broccoli

July 24, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ LIfestyle

Broccoli’s status as a super food is the result of its high levels of phytochemicals and their potential to mobilize the body’s natural disease-fighting resources.

Nutrients Inside include:

Beta-carotene: This powerful antioxidant may help to neutralize cell-damaging free-radical molecules.

Calcium: Broccoli is a good non-fat, non-dairy source of this bone-nourishing mineral.

Dithiolethion: These anti-cancer agents may help to stimulate the antioxidant glutathione, a cancer-protective compound.

Folate: This B vitamin may help to reduce the incidence of cancer and certain birth defects. It may also help to control levels of homocysteine, an amino acid linked to heart disease. One cup of cooked broccoli has about 20 percent of your daily recommended intake.

Glucosinolate: Once ingested, the glucosinolates in broccoli break down into various healthy compounds, including indoles, sulphoraphane and isothiocyanates, all of which may be cancer-fighters.

Indoles: These compounds are thought to provide protection against hormone-related cancers, such as breast and prostate cancers.

Insoluble fibre: This type of fibre helps food move faster and with greater bulk through the digestive tract, promoting regularity.

Isothiocyanate: By stimulating the body’s production of its own cancerfighting enzymes, isothiocyanates may neutralize potential cancer-causing substances. These phytochemicals also may combat carcinogens in smoke.

Lutein: This carotenoid may prevent colon cancer and certain eye diseases.

Potassium: Broccoli is a rich source of this mineral, which may help lower the risk of stroke and high blood pressure. (One cup of cooked broccoli has 456 mg of potassium, or 15 percent of the daily recommended intake.)

Sulphoraphane: This powerful phytochemical may increase the activity of cancer-fighting enzymes in the body, as well as reduce tumour formation.

So, looks like Mom was right—eat your broccoli! Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have discovered that sulphoraphane, a chemical contained in broccoli, can kill Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that causes stomach ulcers and often fatal stomach cancers.