Broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables, are well known for their many disease-fighting properties. Out of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli sprouts have the richest source of sulforaphane, an organic sulfur compound with numerous healing properties. It can kill cancer stem cells and slow tumor growth. Sulforaphane normalizes DNA methylation, which plays a role in an array of disease states; including hypertension, gut health, kidney function, as well as cancer. This compound may prevent and/or reverse blood vessel lining damage caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems. In addition, sulforaphane influences bacteria as well. Specifically, it has been shown to inhibit Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria thought to cause gastric ulcers.
Broccoli’s Additional Healing Super Powers:
- Broccoli is also a rich source of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and contains significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, also widely-known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Broccoli is a potent antioxidant. It contains the most concentrated source of vitamin C, flavonoids, and the carotenoids beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.
- Broccoli contains generous amounts of calcium and vitamin K, important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.
- Some of the special phytonutrients found in broccoli help support the body’s ability to detox, including activation, neutralization and elimination of contaminants. In particular, broccoli contains isothiocyanates, which assist the detox process at a genetic level.
- Broccoli is high in fiber, aiding in digestion and maintaining proper blood sugar levels.
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