Today I would like to talk a bit about one of the loveliest kinds of vegetables namely broccoli. This vegetable is low in calories containing dozens of nutrients and vitamins: C and A (beta-carotene), calcium, fiber and folic acid.
As a calcium source, broccoli is good for people that don’t eat dairy products. It is great for strong bones and osteoporosis prevention. Further, it controls high blood pressure due to high amount of both calcium and magnesium.
As a good source of Vitamin A (beta-carotene) and C, it boosts immune system with a large dosage of beta carotene strengthening immune defense functions reducing risks of numerous conditions including such eye problem as cataracts, some heart diseases and different kinds of cancer. Moreover, thanks to Vitamin C, broccoli is good for commond cold situations since it helps to improve overall health due to fighting with free radicals.
As a fiber source, it contains 50% of insoluble and 50% of soluble fiber, both of which are highly needed for our overall health. Insoluble fiber is good for cancer prevention while soluble fiber helps to control appetite curbing overeating. Broccoli fiber is also a great aid for proper digestion.
In addition to all above-mentioned advantages, broccoli is good for nervous system due to high amount of potassium found in it. It maintains a healthy nervous system, promotes muscle growth and helps to achieve proper brain functioning. It also contains glucoraphanin which detoxify and repairs skin damaged skin. Moreover, the carotenoid lutein found in broccoli is great for heart health issues since it slows down or prevents the thickening of arteries in human bodies which in turn helps to prevent strokes and heart disease issues.
To conclude this topic, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend to consume 2 and 1/2 cups of vegetables per day if one uses 2000 calories plan a day. Consequently, 1/2 cup of brocolli serving is a great contribution for this recommendation fulfillment.