Diet is the best tool we have to protect ourselves from diseases and gain optimal health.
This delicious, cruciferous veggie is well-known for its cancer-preventing powers;
Broccoli is number one on the National Cancer Institute’s list of nutrition all-stars.
Just 1/2 cup of broccoli a day protects from a number of cancers, particularly cancers of the lung, stomach, colon and rectum.
BROCCOLI – THE SUPERSTAR VEGGIE
John Hopkins University cancer study(1992) showed that broccoli prevented tumours by 60% and reduced their size by 75%. As if this wasn’t enough, broccoli also have other amazing health benefits:
- prevents birth defect, osteoarthritis and heart disease,
- supports eye health
- improves blood pressure, kidney health, immune system, and even autism symptoms.
- builds bones
- enhances your body’s ability to detoxify after exposure to food- and air-borne carcinogens and oxidants, due to the phytochemical sulforaphane
- protect cells against DNA damage
Broccoli has twice the vitamin C of an orange, almost as much calcium as whole milk, and with a better rate of absorption.
RAW BROCCOLI AND SPROUTS
It’s important to know that broccoli is best when eaten raw, because cooking and processing destroys some of its antioxidants.
Still, there’s an even better way to get the health benefits of broccoli, and that is by eating its sprouts.
Broccoli sprouts in particular make regular broccoli’s health benefits seem minor; sprouts offer nearly 1000% more nutrition than their full-grown counterparts.
The researchers found that broccoli sprouts have 50 times the anti-cancer properties of broccoli. Evidently, sprouting is a cheap way to receive up to 900% more nutrition from your food.
(Source: Natural society.com, Gwinnet County, John Hopkins study, UAMS, edu)
Here is my favorite way to add raw broccoli to my kids’ diet. This juice is SO DELICIOUS! You won’t taste broccoli in it.
My kids though that it was apple juice. 😉
You can also use broccoli sprouts to reap more health benefits. I’ve already bought broccoli seeds for sprouting, and I will definitely use sprouts in juices and salads.
- Handful of broccoli
- 1 organic green apple
- 2 cellery sticks (small)
- mint leaves to taste (I used almost a handful)
- Put through a juicer
- Enjoy cold!
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