Not only is broccoli delicious in everything from soups to side dishes, it is incredibly healthy for you too. Packed with nutrients and low in calories, it is one of the most tastiest and easiest-to-prepare super foods. Here are a few things that you may not have known about broccoli:
- It’s packed with nutrients. From Vitamin C to Folic Acid, this super food is a good source of a variety of vitamins and nutrients. For those who do not eat dairy, broccoli is a wonderful source of osteoporosis-fighting calcium. It also has loads of beta-carotene that promotes eye health and reduces the risk of cataracts. It also boasts both soluble and insoluble fiber.
- It reduces cancer risks. Doctors recommend eating broccoli several times a week because of its cancer-fighting properties. It has two types of phytochemicals that increase activity in special enzymes. When these enzymes are active, they can destroy cancer-causing agents.
- It reduces the risk of arthritis. Those chemicals that fight cancer appear to also fight inflammation. Decreasing this inflammation can reduce the risk of painful osteoarthritis, causing cartilage to wear down.
Broccoli clearly has many of the health benefits that seniors are looking for. So, bake it, puree it, shred it, or boil it, but make sure that you get plenty of broccoli into your diet.
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