Broccoli Nutrition Facts: It's jam packed full of nutrients and has powerful cancer fighting,
antibacterial and antiviral properties. In fact broccoli is a
nutritional dynamo! Great to eat and delicious for juicing. Yum! Discover the health benefits of broccoli below...
Behold the power of broccoli. As children, we’re encouraged to eat the little trees on our plate, and there are plenty of reasons to follow that advice. If, like me, you adore broccoli, you’ll need no further convincing. If you haven’t developed a taste for broccoli yet, now’s a good time to start. (Maybe you could hide some broccoli juice in your next serving fruit or vegetable juice?) Here’s your incentive: A cup of this nutrient-dense food contains more vitamin C than an orange, along with a big dose (more than 100% of your daily recommended intake) of vitamin K. Broccoli is also rich in folate (folic acid), vitamin A, manganese, the amino acid tryptophan, potassium, vitamins B2 and B6, omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-Linoleic acid (ALA), and a wealth of flavonoids and carotenoids.
Here are some of the biggest health benefits of broccoli:
Powerful Antioxidants in Broccoli Juice
The beta-carotene and vitamin C in broccoli act as powerful antioxidants, reducing free radicals in the body. Free radicals, which are unstable, attack healthy cells in our body in an attempt to stabilize themselves. This can set up a chain reaction where unstable molecules in once-healthy cells can cause other cells to become damaged as well. These damaged cells are implicated in many modern diseases, from heart disease to diabetes, and of course damaged cells are more susceptible to cancer. Antioxidants such as vitamin C play a huge role in both repairing damaged cells and preventing damage from free radicals in the first place. Your body cannot produce vitamin C on its own; it must get it from outside sources. Run a cup of broccoli through your juicer and you have nearly 140% of your daily requirement right there—plus whatever’s in the other fruits and vegetables you juiced along with the broccoli. (Try broccoli, carrots and apples—add some ginger for a nice zing!)
Reduce & Prevent Chronic Inflammation
While temporary inflammation is an important part of your body’s immune response, chronic inflammation is damaging and debilitating, leading to diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, Crohns disease, lupus and more. The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of broccoli come from not one but many nutrients found in the vegetable, including sulforaphane, vitamin C, vitamin K, beta-carotene, selenium, calcium and salicylic acid.
Detoxify Your Body
Isothiocyanates made from the glucosinolates (specifically glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin) found in broccoli are active in both phase I and phase II of your body’s cellular detoxification process. Therefore consuming broccoli can help both regulate and promote detox activity in your cells.
Broccoli’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification capabilities combine to help ward off many cancers, including prostate, colon, breast, bladder and ovarian. Studies have found that anti-cancer benefits can be had with as little as a half a cup —or just 22 calories—of broccoli a day.
The other great health benefits of broccoli is it's also good for eye health, cardiovascular health and skin health, and the vitamin K and beta-carotene it contains are important for the metabolism of vitamin D. Add a half a cup or more to your daily diet and start enjoying the benefits of broccoli today.
Juicing Your Broccoli: Being a green vegetable, broccoli juice is best combined with other juices or diluted with water. As with other greens I like to keep it to around 1/4 - 1/3 of the total amount of juice in my glass.
Buying & Storing: Broccoli is available all year round. Look for broccoli with beautiful deep or deep purplish green tightly clustered florets and firm stalks with crisp leaves. Store your broccoli in the crisper compartment of your fridge and it should be good for up to a week.
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