5 Surprising Health Benefits Of Broccoli

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Broccoli may be not many people’s favorite veggie but this green vegetable from the cabbage family delivers a lot of huge benefits along with cauliflower, sprouts and cabbage.

Here are 5 health benefits of broccoli that may surprise you.

1. Prevent arthritis

According to a recent study conducted by a team of researchers at University of East Anglia, eating broccoli could help prevent or slow the most common form of arthritis. The cruciferous vegetable packs with sulfur compounds that can filter out carcinogens that promote tumor growth. It contains sulforaphane that slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with osteoarthritis. Additionally, consuming broccoli can lower the risk of obesity, which is the most common contributor to the osteoarthritis.


2. Cure breast cancer

Broccoli is of the cabbage family and the compounds found in this veggie can be used in a cure for breast cancer. Along with cabbage, mustard greens and turnips, it offers a vast array of cancer-fighting compounds, including antiangiogenesis phytochemicals that help "starve" tumors without harming healthy cells.


3. Be a superfood

Broccoli is a superfood loaded with tons of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. The veggie is high in vitamin C, an antioxidant that fights free radicals, and vitamin A, which plays an important role in the health of the eye. It also has vitamin K that keeps the metabolism of vitamin D in balance. Broccoli is also rich in phosphorus, protein, potassium that helps to fight high blood pressure, and calcium that promotes bone growth. In addition, it packs with dietary fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and the digestive system function properly.


4. Prevent a heart attack or stroke

Broccoli is an excellent source of antioxidants that may prevent a heart attack or stroke. These antioxidants protect your heart and blood vessels from damage by mopping up free radicals. What’s more, lutein found broccoli can fight heart disease by preventing the thickening of arteries while cholesterol in this veggie also helps reduce soluble fiber and the risk of heart disease.


5. Keep your skin healthy

As mentioned above, broccoli contains sulforaphane, a secret weapon against tired-looking skin. This extract protects your skin against the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, which are the primary cause of most skin cancers. It also stimulates skin cells to defend themselves against the rigours of modern life.


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I am a doctor at a general hospital in Washington DC. I am interested in issues related to health and environment. Currently, I am also a freelance writer for a health magazine.

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This article was published on 2013/09/14