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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.

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Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
1. Lean Protein Collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, plays an important role in knitting tissue back together. Typical protein intake is around 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. But, after surgery, the demands for protein are much higher, especially if you have incisions to repair. Aim to get 1.5 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, target 102 to 136 grams of protein per day. That’s 25-30 grams per 3 meals and 14-23 grams per 2 snacks. Getting extra protein doesn’t mean eating more red meat. Excellent lean protein sources include eggs, fish, turkey, beans and legumes. Whey protein like LeanBiotics RS™ Meal Replacement is a tasty and convenient way to boost your protein intake. Whey protein is easily mixed with water (or soy, almond, rice or cashew milk) or incorporated into a smoothie. Check out our Green Smoothie recipe. 2. Fermented Dairy Antibiotics are routinely prescribed after surgery to prevent infection. While antibiotics kill bad bugs, they also decimate the beneficial bacteria that line your digestive tract. Beneficial bacteria help digest your food and manufacture vitamins plus play a key role in immune system function. Repopulate your digestive tract with fermented dairy products like kefir and yogurt. Kefir is ideal because a small serving provides upwards of 8 to 12 species with over 10 billion live and active cultures. Yogurt provides fewer species and a lower bacterial count. When choosing, read labels as the sugar content and calories are higher with flavored products. Supplementing with a broad-spectrum probiotic like Probiotic-8 also helps boost beneficial species. Just be sure to take your antibiotics separately from a probiotic. Refer to Antibiotics with Probiotics – What You Need to Know. 3. Fiber Pain medications, anesthetic agents, alterations to diet, dehydration, stress and reduced physical activity after surgery can work against your body’s normal route of elimination. Aside from drinking plenty of water, popping a few prunes each day will help get things moving along. Prunes are a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber which softens and adds bulk to stool. Other foods that are high in fiber include beans & legumes, apples, pears, bran flakes, oatmeal and flaxseed meal. Check out our list of top fiber sources. You can also help “move things along” by taking SurgiLax, a natural supplement that helps restore balance and regularity to your digestive system and bowel. 4. Deeply Colored Fruits The stress of surgery along with the drugs that are used during the procedure generate an increased oxidative load on the body or free-radical production. While your body uses antioxidants to reduce or eliminate these harmful molecules, the requirements are significantly higher after surgery. Boost your antioxidant intake after surgery by eating deeply colored fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and pomegranates. These fruits contain anthocyanidins, compounds that not only enhance the effects of vitamin C, but improve capillary integrity and stabilize collagen matrix. 5. Orange Fruits & Veggies Sweet potatoes are a superb source of beta carotene or pro-vitamin A which the body converts into vitamin A as needed. Vitamin A is needed for the repair and maintenance of soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin so significantly boosting your intake (up to 10,000 IUs of vitamin A and another 15,000 IUs of beta-carotene) around the time of surgery makes sense. Unlike its distant cousin the potato, sweet potatoes aren’t as starchy and provide almost 4 grams of fiber per serving. Just clean and slice a sweet potato into 1” half moons. Toss with a bit of olive oil, season with pepper and salt and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Other excellent sources of beta carotene include carrots, dark leafy greens like kale, can notaloupe, mango and dried apricots. 6. Bell Peppers & Citrus Fruit Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing 340 mg per medium pepper. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that helps cross-link collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and if you’ve had an incision, this protein is crucial to proper wound healing. Stress depletes vitamin C stores so getting extra after surgery is recommended (upwards of 900 mg a day in divided doses). Other excellent sources of vitamin C include guava, kale, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, and broccoli. 7. Cruciferous Vegetables Having a robust immune system ensures that your body wards off infection after surgery. Vegetables that contain indoles, phytonutrients that boost immune health, include Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. Have bad childhood memories of these veggies? For great flavor and quick preparation, try roasting Brussels sprouts or cauliflower. Opt for Mashed Cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes for a perfect post-surgery food that is low carb and nutritious. 8. Fungi – Mushrooms Mushrooms also support a healthy immune system. A recent study showed better-functioning gamma delta T-cells and reductions in inflammatory proteins in participants that ate a 4 oz serving of Shiitake mushrooms daily. Other immune boosting mushrooms include Maitakes and Reishi. Mushrooms are great stir fried or grilled. Or try making our easy and flavorful Mushroom Soup. Prepare ahead of time so that after surgery, all you have to do is reheat a bowl. 9. Nuts & Seeds Pumpkin, squash and sesame seeds are an excellent source of zinc. Zinc is necessary for proper immune system function. The body requires zinc to develop and activate cells that are involved in immunity. Zinc is also important to wound healing as this mineral is necessary for protein synthesis and cell growth. Oysters have the highest concentration of zinc and red meats especially beef, lamb and liver have some of the highest concentrations of zinc in food. 10. Pineapple & Papaya Pineapple and papaya contain protease enzymes that the body uses to breakdown and digest proteins. As it turns out, these enzymes (bromelain and papain) also help reduce swelling and inflammation. The downside is that bromelain is concentrated in the stem of the pineapple (that chewy part you don’t eat!). So, taking a supplement like Bromelain with Quercetin may be an easier option.

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Homeopath, Patna
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Hi lybrate-user Your weight according to your height and age is perfectly normal. But still if you are concerned of healthy diet then 1 Drink plenty of water according to your weight atleast 2L in whole day 2 Do exercise regularly 3 Eat cucumber salad and broccoli 4 Avoid spicy and oily food 5 Have your dinner atleast 2 hr before you sleep. 6 Avoid alcohol.
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Health Benefits of Broccoli

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Sexologist, Faridabad
Health Benefits of Broccoli
  • When it comes to great-tasting nutrition, broccoli is an all-star food with many health benefits. While low in calories, broccoli is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber.
  • Broccoli belongs to a family of vegetables called cruciferous vegetables and its close relatives include brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage. Broccoli contains sulforophane, a sulfur-containing compound present in cruciferous vegetables. Researchers are studying the anti-cancer properties of sulforophane and have come to some interesting conclusions, although more research is needed. 
  • As if that's not enough, a cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange, and is a good source of beta-carotene. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc too. It also provides fiber and is low in calories.
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Health Benefits of Broccoli

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Sexologist, Faridabad
  • When it comes to great-tasting nutrition, broccoli is an all-star food with many health benefits. While low in calories, broccoli is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber.
  • Broccoli belongs to a family of vegetables called cruciferous vegetables and its close relatives include brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage. Broccoli contains sulforophane, a sulfur-containing compound present in cruciferous vegetables. Researchers are studying the anti-cancer properties of sulforophane and have come to some interesting conclusions, although more research is needed. 
  • As if that's not enough, a cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange, and is a good source of beta-carotene. Broccoli contains  vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc too. It also provides fiber and is low in calories.

Health Benefits of Eating Broccoli

Sexual Health Clinic
Sexologist, Delhi
Health Benefits of Eating Broccoli

The top 5 reasons to eat broccoli are:

1) A high intake of broccoli has been found to reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer and may also help prevent heart disease.

2) Averaging just four weekly servings of veggies like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower slashed the risk of dying from any disease by 26% among 6,100 people studied for 28 years.

3) Broccoli contains a flavonoid called kaempferol which has anti-inflammatory properties. This makes broccoli potentially useful in assisting with chronic inflammatory ailments, such as arthritis or gout.

4) This dark green veg also helps your body absorb vitamin D. This is due to broccoli’s high levels of of vitamins A and K, which both aid in the healthy absorption of vitamin D.

5) Broccoli may have a positive impact on our body's ability to naturally detox. This is possibly due to three phytonutrients found in unique combination in broccoli - glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin. This nutritional trio is able to support all steps in body's detox process, including neutralization and elimination of unwanted contaminants.

How to eat broccoli?

Broccoli is usually boiled or steamed but may be eaten raw and has become popular as a raw vegetable in hors d'œuvre trays.

As the benefits of broccoli are thought to greatly reduce if boiled, light steaming is a far healthier way of cooking it. Scientists have also discovered that steaming broccoli lightly releases the maximum amount of sulforaphane.

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Health Benefits of Eating Broccoli

Graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery ( GAMS )
Sexologist, Delhi
Health Benefits of Eating Broccoli

The top 5 reasons to eat broccoli are:

1) A high intake of broccoli has been found to reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer and may also help prevent heart disease.

2) Averaging just four weekly servings of veggies like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower slashed the risk of dying from any disease by 26% among 6,100 people studied for 28 years.

3) Broccoli contains a flavonoid called kaempferol which has anti-inflammatory properties. This makes broccoli potentially useful in assisting with chronic inflammatory ailments, such as arthritis or gout.

4) This dark green veg also helps your body absorb vitamin D. This is due to broccoli’s high levels of of vitamins A and K, which both aid in the healthy absorption of vitamin D.

5) Broccoli may have a positive impact on our body's ability to naturally detox. This is possibly due to three phytonutrients found in unique combination in broccoli - glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin. This nutritional trio is able to support all steps in body's detox process, including neutralization and elimination of unwanted contaminants.

How to eat broccoli?

Broccoli is usually boiled or steamed but may be eaten raw and has become popular as a raw vegetable in hors d'œuvre trays.

As the benefits of broccoli are thought to greatly reduce if boiled, light steaming is a far healthier way of cooking it. Scientists have also discovered that steaming broccoli lightly releases the maximum amount of sulforaphane.

2 people found this helpful

Health Benefits of Eating Broccoli

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Delhi
Health Benefits of Eating Broccoli

The top 5 reasons to eat broccoli are:

1) A high intake of broccoli has been found to reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer and may also help prevent heart disease.

2) Averaging just four weekly servings of veggies like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower slashed the risk of dying from any disease by 26% among 6,100 people studied for 28 years.

3) Broccoli contains a flavonoid called kaempferol which has anti-inflammatory properties. This makes broccoli potentially useful in assisting with chronic inflammatory ailments, such as arthritis or gout.

4) This dark green veg also helps your body absorb vitamin D. This is due to broccoli’s high levels of of vitamins A and K, which both aid in the healthy absorption of vitamin D.

5) Broccoli may have a positive impact on our body's ability to naturally detox. This is possibly due to three phytonutrients found in unique combination in broccoli - glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin. This nutritional trio is able to support all steps in body's detox process, including neutralization and elimination of unwanted contaminants.

How to eat broccoli?

Broccoli is usually boiled or steamed but may be eaten raw and has become popular as a raw vegetable in hors d'œuvre trays.

As the benefits of broccoli are thought to greatly reduce if boiled, light steaming is a far healthier way of cooking it. Scientists have also discovered that steaming broccoli lightly releases the maximum amount of sulforaphane.

2 people found this helpful

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