Benefits Of Broccoli

Did you know that there is evidence that broccoli can help reduce your risk of:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis &
  • Kidney disease?

Yep, this under-appreciated cruciferous vegetable is a powerhouse of nutritional, disease-fighting goodness.

smiley-42842_640I know. Most people’s reaction to a steaming hot serving of broccoli is something along the lines of “YUCK!”

That probably relates back to the time when our oh so wise parents tried to force us to eat our veggies and we tried equally hard to avoid the task.

Anyway, you’re a little older now and maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your position on broccoli.

Cancer Prevention

Broccoli has been shown to be associated with lowering your risk of both lung and colon cancer, as well as breast cancer in women.

It is also being studied to see if it may also lower your risk of other cancers like esophageal, prostate and pancreatic cancers.

Broccoli contains the vitamin folate, which has been shown promise in protecting you against colon, stomach, pancreatic, and cervical cancers.

Bone Fractures

Bone fractures are a real concern for us UpGrading Seniors (see the post, Legend of the Falls, here).  Low levels of vitamin K are linked with a higher risk of bone fractures.

Guess what broccoli contains.  Yep, vitamin K.  A single cup of chopped broccoli contains 92 micrograms of vitamin K, which is over 100% of your daily requirement.

Want To Look Younger?

How do you feel about your wrinkles?  Vitamin C eaten in its natural form rather than as a supplement can help reduce wrinkles and fight skin damage caused by sun exposure.

You probably think of citrus fruits as sources of vitamin C, but guess what.  Broccoli contains 81 milligrams of vitamin C per cup.  Again, that’s more than your daily requirement for vitamin C.

According to research from my old alma mater, the University of Kentucky, high fiber intake is associated with significantly reduced risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and some gastrointestinal diseases.

I think you’re catching on now.  Broccoli contains abundant fiber.

A Word Of Warning

There are circumstances in which you should not significantly increase your consumption of broccoli.

If you are taking a blood-thinner such as Coumadin (warfarin), you should talk to your doctor before significantly increasing your consumption of foods containing vitamin K.  Vitamin K plays a role in blood clotting.

Summary

Please go back and review all of the health benefits you derive from consuming broccoli and then tell me again why you don’t want to eat it.

Does “I don’t like it” really outweigh stacking the deck in your favor when it comes to cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, kidney disease, coronary artery disease, stroke, gastrointestinal disease, and bone fractures.

I didn’t think so.

Put some grass-fed butter on it and enjoy! (Oh, by the way, healthy fats like butter are back on the approved list.)

[As always, remember that I am a reporter not a doctor.  I supply information for you UpGrading Seniors to consider and when appropriate discuss with your health care provider.]

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