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Benefits of Broccoli And Its Side Effects

Broccoli is one of the most nutrition-rich vegetables that one can include in his/her diet. It has a wide variety of nutritional and medicinal benefits. Foremost amongst them is its ability to prevent various forms of cancer, improve your digestive system, lower cholesterol levels and detoxify your body. It also helps to maximize vitamin and mineral intake, prevent allergic reactions, boost the immunity system, protect the skin and prevent defects during births. Other benefits include lowering the blood pressure, eliminating inflammation and improving vision and ocular health.

Benefits of Broccoli And Its Side Effects

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Broccoli
Nutritional Value of Broccoli
Health Benefits of Broccoli
Helps fight cancer
Keeps your bones healthy and strong
Helps you to look young
Good for your hair
Helps to detoxify your body
Helps reduce cholesterol
Helps to reduce reaction to allergies and inflammation
Helps to cure stomach disorders
Reduces risk of heart diseases
Helps increase immunity
Helps in pregnancy
Uses of Broccoli
Side-Effects & Allergies of Broccoli
Cultivation of Broccoli

Broccoli

Broccoli, belonging to the species Brassica oleracea is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering head is eaten as a vegetable. Broccoli has large flower heads, which are usually green in colour and are arranged in a tree-like structure branching out from a thick, edible stalk. There are three main varieties of broccoli of which calabrese broccoli is the most common. Sprouting broccoli and purple cauliflower are two other varieties of this vegetable which are found mostly in the European and Mediterranean countries. The best way to eat broccoli is to steam them, shallow fry them or eat them raw as salad greens to preserve the nutrients contained in them.

Nutritional Value of Broccoli

Broccoli contains a unique mixture of nutrients, organic compounds, minerals and vitamins and hence can prove to be extremely beneficial for your health if you include it in your diet. Essential nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate and chromium are found in abundance in broccoli. It is also a very good source of dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, Vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), potassium and copper. Broccoli also has a concentration of phytonutrients and particularly n glucosinolates. The isothiocyanates made from broccoli’s glucosinolates help to prevent cancer. Moreover, broccoli also contains Vitamin B1, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin and selenium.

Health Benefits of Broccoli

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Broccoli
Health Benefits of Broccoli

Helps fight cancer

Broccoli helps to fight certain forms of cancer like breast cancer, cancer of the uterus, prostate cancer and also cancer of various internal organs like lungs, liver, intestines, colon and kidneys. These cruciferous vegetables have a sulphur-containing compound known as sulforaphane which has cancer-fighting capabilities. Sulforaphane can inhibit the enzyme histone deacetylase (HDAC) which is responsible for the progression of cancer cells. Folate, a vitamin, is known for decreasing the risk of breast cancer in women. Apart from these, other anti-carcinogenic compounds like glucoraphanin, diindolylmethane, beta-carotene, selenium and others found in broccoli help to fight cancer.

Keeps your bones healthy and strong

Broccoli contains a rich content of Vitamin K which is extremely beneficial for our bones. Vitamin K helps to improve bone health by improving the body’s ability to absorb calcium and also reducing excretion of calcium through urine. Thus it is imperative to include broccoli in your diet to prevent your bones from getting weak and, in this process, getting fractured.

Helps you to look young

Broccoli contains Vitamin C which is a really good anti-oxidant and which protects your skin against damage by sun and pollution. It also helps to reduce wrinkles and improves the overall texture of the skin. This is because Vitamin C helps in the formation of collagen, which is the main protective system of the skin. Broccoli also provides Vitamin A and Vitamin E, both of which are good for your skin.

Good for your hair

Broccoli contains nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B12, niacin, zinc, sulphur, silica and germanium which are good for your hair. Vitamin A and Vitamin C stimulate the production of sebum, an oil-based secretion, which acts as a natural moisturizer and conditioner for your scalp and hair. The calcium present in broccoli helps to strengthen the hair follicles.

Helps to detoxify your body

Broccoli helps to detoxify your body as it contains Vitamin C, sulphur and certain amino acids. Including broccoli in your diet will help you you to remove the free radicals and toxins like uric acid from your body. This will help you to prevent problems associated with toxins like boils, itches, rashes, gout, arthritis, rheumatism and even skin diseases like eczema and hardening of the skin.

Helps reduce cholesterol

Broccoli is rich in soluble fiber which helps to eliminate cholesterol from your body. This happens as the fiber helps bind cholesterol with bile acids in the digestive tract and this makes it easy to excrete cholesterol. A study has also shown that a particular variety of broccoli can reduce the blood LDL-cholesterol levels by up to 6 percent.

Helps to reduce reaction to allergies and inflammation

Broccoli helps to reduce reaction to allergies as it contains kaempferol which helps to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are also found in broccoli, help to reduce inflammation. Sulforaphane is another chemical found in broccoli which blocks the enzymes that can cause joint destruction. So consuming broccoli can be beneficial for a person suffering from arthritis.

Helps to cure stomach disorders

Broccoli contains fiber or roughage which is instrumental in curing constipation. This helps to cure almost all disorders of the stomach as constipation is the root cause of most stomach disorders. The fiber adds bulk to the food that you consume, retains water and allows for smooth bowel movements. Broccoli also contains magnesium and vitamins which help to soothe the stomach by reducing inflammation.

Reduces risk of heart diseases

In addition to high content of fiber, broccoli also has high levels of beta-carotene, Omega-3 fatty acids and other vitamins which are necessary for a healthy heart. They reduce the levels of bad cholesterol and keep the heart functioning properly by regulating blood-pressure. Potassium, found in broccoli , enhances blood flow and oxygenation of essential organs by reducing tensions and stress in veins and blood vessels. Broccoli also contains Sulforaphane which helps prevent damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation if a person has chronic blood sugar problem.

Helps increase immunity

Vitamin C, beta-carotene and other vitamins and minerals like selenium, copper, zinc and phosphorus are present in significant quantities in broccoli. They help to strengthen your immune system and protect your body from a number of diseases and infections.

Helps in pregnancy

Broccoli contains proteins, vitamins, calcium, antioxidants, detoxifiers and other important nutrients and can prove to be extremely beneficial for pregnant women. It will help prevent constipation during pregnancy as it is rich in fibers. The folate in broccoli ensures that there are no defects in the brain and spine or spinal cord of babies during birth.

Uses of Broccoli

Brocccoli is a hearty and tasty vegetable that contains a wide range of nutrients. Incorporating broccoli in your diet can help you tide over a host of health problems and will even strengthen your immunity against various diseases. It helps to fight various types of cancer, removes disease-causing free radicals and toxins from your body, helps you to maintain a healthy skin and even protects your eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts. It also provides relief from various stomach ailments, keeps your heart in a good shape and strengthens your immune system.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Broccoli

Although consuming broccoli has a number of health benefits, there are a number of side-effects too. Some people may have an allergic rash when they come in contact with broccoli as it contains a number of powerful compounds. Again, it is not good for people having blood-thinners to suddenly increase or decrease their consumption of Vitamin K (which is present in broccoli) as it plays a large role in blood-clotting.

Cultivation of Broccoli

This green vegetable with a lot of nutritional benefits originated in Italy as its name ‘broccoli’ suggests. The word broccoli comes from an Italian word which means ‘sprout’. Broccoli was cultivated in Italy in ancient Roman times and it is native to the Eastern Mediterranean region and to Asia Minor. It was introduced to England and America in the 1700s.

Broccoli grows best in cool weather and on slightly alkaline soil. It requires 2-4 inches of compost or a thin layer of manure before planting. You can even regulate the temperature and alkalinity of the soil according to your needs.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have some pain in my leg since last 10 days. Then I go for a test of serum uric acid, serum creatinine. Test report is Serum creatinine- 0.77 Serum uric acid- 9.3 Can you suggest me now what I do as my uric acid is higher than normal range.

MD PHYSICIAN
General Physician, Delhi
Avoid purine rich food like liver, kidney and sweetbreads, tuna,scallops and increase intake of fibre rich diet food to reduce the uric acid level in the body. Oats, whole grains, vegetables like broccoli, pumpkin and celery should be included in the diet to lower the uric acid. Limit your soda consumption. Keep your body hydrated. Although the body easily adapts to low water intake, optimum hydration is necessary to eliminate uric acid from your system. If you feel pain in joints especially big toe or restriction of movements. Consult a nephrologist for the same.

I am having a very poor sperm count some times no sperm come when I masturbate what should I do help.

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Hi..have eggs , spinach, bananas; dark chocolate; asparagus; broccoli ; pomegranate; walnuts ; garlic , Foods rich in zinc include barley, red meat, beans, etc. Zinc plays a vital role in sperm development. Homeopathic medicines helps in improving the spermcount and is also beneficial in raising the quality of semen it improves the blood supply to the glands producing male hormones..
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Please tell me something to boost my sperm production, so that I could ejaculate twice or thrice a day.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- Keep realistic expectation regarding ejaculation. No available sex booster or drug can provide you stamina and libido to ejaculate thrice a day. Reproductive system has its own potential, you can not make it over active beyond its normal limit to work in excess. Moreover quantity of ejaculation always reduces the quality/pleasure. Its better to reduce your masturbation frequency, consume good aphrodisiac like Narsingha rasayana, workout daily and improve your dietary habit.

I am facing irregular periods because of which sometimes m unable to understand whether it is because of pregnancy or natural. And I also want to know after how many days shall I check to confirm that m pregnant or not what is the right time to check? As in last month because of pregnancy I have consumed medicine and my periods came on 21 but this month till now not come. After my periods I have intimated for 2 times without any precautions Before last month in normal it was on 28.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
take sepia 200 one dose puls 30 one dos per dy for wk kali br 12c one dos a day for 10 days aur mur na. 12c sam abov apis 12c sam abov conium 3c 3tims aday for 5 days diet for u cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts • greens, including red leaf lettuce and arugula • green and red peppers • beans and lentils • almonds • berries • sweet potatoes • winter squash • pumpkin inform me progres
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Popular Health Tips

Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

FISN, FISPD, MD - General Medicine, MBBS, DM
Nephrologist, Delhi
Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

A dialysis diet is a special diet that is customized for patients who are or will be starting dialysis within a short period of time. Such a diet is prepared to reduce the waste and fluid levels that keep on accumulating between the dialysis sessions so that the patient remains healthy for the process to be carried out seamlessly.

What can you eat?
Eat foods which are rich in high-quality proteins (poultry, fish, lean meat and egg whites).

What can’t you eat?
Eat less of foods which are rich in sodium and phosphorus.

Foods high in Sodium
1. Use minimum salt in preparing the dishes; this helps control BP and probable weight gain that might happen between the dialysis sessions.
2. Make use of spices, herbs and other salt-flavored enhancers.

Meat
1. Patients on dialysis need to include more of high-quality protein foods in their diet. This will help regulate blood protein levels. Eat about 10 ounces of foods rich in high-quality protein every day.
2. 1 egg, ¼ cup of ricotta cheese, ¼ cup of tuna.

Salads/Vegetables

  1. The potassium content of vegetables can be alarming for a patient on dialysis. Eat 3 servings of vegetables that are low in potassium every day. These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, garlic, cucumber, eggplant, celery, radishes, etc.
  2. Avoid vegetables such as beets, potatoes (in any form- wafers or wedges), winter squash, cooked spinach, pumpkin, asparagus and avocado.

Note:

  1. Although seeds, nuts, peanut butter, lentils, dried beans and peas are rich in protein, they are generally struck off from the diet plan because of their high phosphorus and potassium content.
  2. You can have moderate amounts of grains, bread and cereals.
  3. Try and not have brown bread and other whole grains as they are loaded with phosphorus.
  4. Usually, 5-10 servings of these are considered sufficient for patients on dialysis.
  5. Also, limit intake of milk and other dairy products.
  6. ½ cup yoghurt or ½ a cup of milk is considered safe. Also, remember that all varieties of milk- skim, whole and low fat, have the same amount of phosphorus.
  7. All fruits contain some amount of potassium. However, some of them contain more potassium than the others. Limit your intake of fruit juices.
  8. Avoid or limit fruits like: 
  9. Orange juice and oranges
    • Kiwis
    • Prune juice and prunes
    • Dried fruit and raisins
    • Melons
    • Bananas

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Osteoporosis Spine Fractures - How It Can Be Diagnosed & Treated?

Clinical Cardiology, MD - Consultant Physician
Cardiologist, Surat
Osteoporosis Spine Fractures - How It Can Be Diagnosed & Treated?

Osteoporosis is a condition wherein the bones become brittle and weak; so much so that even mildly stressful activities such as coughing, bending over or even a slight fall (such as the one from a high rise chair) can result in fractures. Osteoporosis-related fractures commonly occur in the spine, hip or the wrist. The human body has a continuous mechanism of bone absorption and removal. In case of osteoporosis, the creation of new bones doesn’t happen in accordance with the removal of old bones.

Spinal Fractures:

The bones of the spine get extremely vulnerable to breakage and even cracking open. The fractures in the spine, also known as vertebral compression fractures can cause a sharp stinging pain in the back that may make sitting, standing, or even walking a very tardy task.

Risk Factors:

  1. Increasing age

  2. Abnormally less or high body weight

  3. Smoking

  4. Menopause or low levels of sex hormones

  5. Gender: This disorder is more likely to affect women as compared to men. Also women, who are above 50 are more likely to suffer from this debilitating disorder.

  6. Race is a significant risk factor of osteoporosis. If you are of Asian descent, you are more likely to be affected by it.

  7. Having a family history of osteoporosis will put you at a greater risk of this disorder.

Symptoms:

  1. Fractured or collapsed vertebra causing back pain

  2. A stooped posture

  3. A shrunken appearance (as if one has had loss of height)

  4. Very fragile bones, thus increasing risks of fractures

  5. Severe and sudden pain in the back

  6. Difficulty in twisting or bending the body

Lower spine fractures are way more troublesome as compared to fractures in the upper spine. Fracturing more than a bone in the spine also remains a huge possibility.

Diagnosis and Treatment:

Firstly, an X-ray or a computerized tomography (CT scan) will be done to have a closer look at the bones. A bone density test is another commonly used method of diagnosing osteoporosis.

  1. Steroids and medications: Some medications may be used to prevent or combat osteoporosis. These include alendronate, ibandronate, risedronate and zoledronic acid.

  2. Physical therapy: Just like muscles, bones get stronger too when you exercise. Weight-bearing and muscle- strengthening exercises are the most helpful in this regard and are considered best for the treatment of osteoporosis. Cardiovascular exercises such as walking, jogging or even swimming can prove to be immensely beneficial.

  3. Diet: Make a diet chart that includes high-calcium food items, dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and low-fat milk, tofu, green vegetables such as collard greens and broccoli, sea fish such as salmon and sardines.

  4. Salt: Limit salt intake

  5. Therapy: Hormone replacement therapy (treatment method consisting of estrogens to alleviate and treat symptoms of osteoporosis) is another method of treatment that can be recommended by the doctor. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

 

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Health Benefits of Spinach

Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
  • Spinach is a potent source of magnesium, which helps dilate blood vessels, according to Japanese researchers. Better blood flow to the genitals creates greater arousal for men and women. (Although you’ll probably need more than leafy greens to stoke her arousal.
  • Try the Spinach and other green vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, Swiss chard, and bok choy are also good sources of our favorite sex nutrient—folate.
  • Extra insurance for good reproductive health, folate may lower blood levels of a harmful substance called homocysteine. This abrasive amino acid irritates the lining of arteries and encourages plaque to adhere to it. A high level of homocysteine is a significant risk factor for peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
  • But it appears that dietary folate is protective. In a study of 46,000 men, Harvard University researchers found that those who consumed the most folate daily were 30 percent less likely to develop PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) than men who ate the fewest folate-rich foods.
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Can Diet Changes Boost Your Libido?

MBBS, MD, PGD-USG ,PGDS(SEXUAL MEDICINE
Sexologist, Delhi
Can Diet Changes Boost Your Libido?

Libido or sex drive means the desire to have sex; there are a number of reasons that can lead to low libido. There are a number of methods by which you can increase your libido, some of them are:

1. Exercise
Exercise is one of your major weapons against low libido; make sure to exercise on a regular basis as it helps in improving circulation in the body. Do various exercises such as squats and push-ups to improve your strength and endurance. It is known to increase production of sex hormones and endorphins in the body.

2. Limit smoking
Smoking cigarettes causes complications in the body as it is known to be a vasoconstrictor. The blood vessels tend to narrow, thus leading to damage in the arteries and veins. The veins of the penis may be damaged leading to sexual problems.

3. Stress reduction
You may adopt various techniques such as meditation and yoga to reduce stress levels in the body. Stress raises cortisol levels in the body which can hamper your sex life. 

4. Sleep
You need to sleep adequately and sleep sound as sleeping deficiency has been linked with erectile dysfunction. Sleep also revitalizes your body and releases beneficial hormones in the body.

5. Restrict alcohol consumption
It is important that you restrict alcohol consumption as alcohol in excess may lead to obesity and other related disorders. It may also lead to mental health problems such as anxiety which can impair sexual drive.

6. Cut down on coffee
Coffee is a known vasoconstrictor as it tends to narrow your blood vessels. It limits blood flow, thus may reduce your sex drive. Make sure you limit coffee intake to 1 or 2 cups of coffee to avoid the complications.

7. Diet
Include plenty of vegetables and fruits in your diet to get the necessary nutrients in your diet. Vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli contain antioxidants that protect your body against free radical damage. Include oily fish such as salmon that is rich in omega 3 fatty acids because they help in improving sexual drive.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Know The Symptoms!

MBBS,MD, DM
Gastroenterologist, Kolkata
Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Know The Symptoms!

Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder, which generally affects the colon (large intestine). It usually show symptoms like abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, gas and constipation. IBS is a long term condition. It can result in sudden mood swings, depression and thus holds you back from living your life to the fullest. IBS can be controlled by managing lifestyle, stress and managing your diet. Medication and counseling could also be required to manage IBS.

Symptoms of IBS:

  1. Immense cramping and pain.
  2. A feeling that your belly is bloated all the time
  3. Severe gas
  4. Alternating and sudden bouts of constipation and diarrhea.
  5. Presence of mucus in the feces.

When should you consult a doctor for IBS?

IBS is not a chronic disorder and can be controlled by home remedies. It may also require medical treatment if the symptoms become acute and persist for too long. If you experience certain symptoms like rectal bleeding, weight loss and heavy abdominal pain that might increase at night, you may be at a risk for colon cancer. If such symptoms persist, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible.

Causes of IBS:

  1. Foods: Most people are susceptible to IBS if they consume foods like spices, fats, fruits, cabbage, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, carbonated beverage, milk or alcohol. These foods irritate the lining of the stomach and trigger IBS. However, the trigger may vary from person to person.
  2. Stress: Signs and symptoms of IBS can also increase if you are very stressed out. Stress makes your muscles too worked up and this may result in IBS. However, you should know that stress aggravates or triggers the symptoms but doesn’t cause IBS.
  3. Hormones: Women are more likely to develop IBS. Fluctuations in the hormonal cycle can trigger IBS. This usually occurs around or during menstruation.
  4. Other illnesses - Sometimes illness such as gastroenteritis (infectious diarrhea) or bacterial overgrowth in the intestines can trigger symptoms of IBS.
  5. Age: You will be more likely to develop IBS if you are 45 years of age or above.
  6. Hereditary: People having a family history of IBS are more susceptible to develop IBS.
  7. Mental problems: Depression, personality disorder, anxiety and a history of sexual abuse can also trigger symptoms of IBS.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Broccoli
Nutritional Value of Broccoli
Health Benefits of Broccoli
Helps fight cancer
Keeps your bones healthy and strong
Helps you to look young
Good for your hair
Helps to detoxify your body
Helps reduce cholesterol
Helps to reduce reaction to allergies and inflammation
Helps to cure stomach disorders
Reduces risk of heart diseases
Helps increase immunity
Helps in pregnancy
Uses of Broccoli
Side-Effects & Allergies of Broccoli
Cultivation of Broccoli