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Overview

Benefits of Broccoli And Its Side Effects

Broccoli is extremely high in nutrient value. It has certain properties that deplete the estrogens in human body which provide prevention against the dreaded disease cancer.
It is one of the best foods for having a healthy heart as it contains fatty acids and fiber which regulate the blood pressure in your body. It also contains a good amount of Antioxidants that which keeps you looking younger with glowing healthy skin. It protects the eyes from contracting to various issues like cataract etc. It is considered a good food for people on diet owing to its good carbohydrate content. It has so many medicinal values that it also fights many kinds of allergies. Broccoli not only is rich in Calcium but also is one of the best sources of Zinc, Magnesium, and Phosphorous which help in maintaining a healthy bone density. Broccoli helps in controlling hypertension too. With so many positive elements, this vegetable is one which should not be missed on a daily diet.

Table of Content

Broccoli
Nutritional Value of Broccoli
Health Benefits of Broccoli
Prevention against Cancer
Improves Cardiac Health
Antioxidizing Properties
Helps in Controlling Cholesterol
Improves Bone Health
Acts as an Anti-Ageing Element
Improves Skin
Detoxifies Body
Rich Source of Good Carbs
Treats Allergies
Strengthens Eyes
Preventing and Controlling Diabetes
Uses of Broccoli
Side-Effects & Allergies of Broccoli
Origin And Cultivation of Broccoli

Broccoli

Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, from the family Cruciferae. It belongs to the species Brassica Oleracea also commonly known as the cabbage family.. Broccoli has a large, dark green head resembling a flower. The flowers are arranged in the structure of a tree, branching out from a considerably thick, edible stalk.. The word ‘broccoli’ means “the crest of a flowering cabbage”. Three types of broccoli are commonly grown. Among them, ‘calabrese’ is the most familiar one, more commonly called broccoli.. The other two are ‘sprouting broccoli’ and ‘purple cauliflower’.

Nutritional Value of Broccoli

Broccoli has extremely high nutritive value as compared to any other sprouting vegetable. It is an excellent source of vitamins like Vitamins C and K. In raw form, broccoli is also rich in Vitamin B and manganese. Consumption of broccoli does not add excess calories to the diet. Its low carbohydrate content makes it a popular ingredient in soups and salads. It also has strong anti-cancer properties.

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Health Benefits of Broccoli

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Broccoli

Prevention against Cancer

One of the greatest benefits of broccoli is the prevention of cancer. Cancer is caused due to mutations in cells that change their structure, preventing them from performing their functions and further spreading to other cells in the body. Broccoli contains certain properties which help in the depletion of these cancerous cells. The intake of broccoli is the best way of preventing cancers which arise in the breast and cervical/uterus mainly because it contains folate.

Improves Cardiac Health

Broccoli helps in protecting the blood vessels from any kind of damage. It contains fatty acids and fibers which regulate blood pressure in the body. Sulforaphane present in broccoli has anti-inflammatory properties preventing and reversing the damage to the linings of blood vessels. These damages are usually caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar issues. Broccoli is great for heart health as, it also helps in reducing bad cholesterol which leads to a healthy heart.

Antioxidizing Properties

Looking young and beautiful is a quality desired by nearly everyone in the world. Vitamin C and E are crucial for healthy skin. They help in the formation of collagen which is the main support to the epidermis. Broccoli provides both of these vitamins. While most people think of citrus fruits when it comes to Vitamin C, like sweet lime, lemon or oranges, broccoli gives you about 80 milligrams of Vitamin C in just 1 cup.

Helps in Controlling Cholesterol

Due to globalization, more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of diets full of processed foods lacking sufficient fiber. High fiber intake significantly lowers the risk of coronary heart diseases like a heart-stroke. A high fiber diet also helps in keeping diseases like diabetes, hypertension or even obesity at bay. Studies show that broccoli can reduce LDL, or bad cholesterol in the human body. This LDL builds in the arteries as plaque which in-turn can lead to heart blockages or cardiac arrests. The fiber in the broccoli helps to bind the bile acids in the digestive track and reduce up to 6% of cholesterol levels.

Improves Bone Health

Women are at high risk of calcium deficiency and disorders and diseases caused due to this deficiency. Broccoli aids in increasing estrogen levels, calcium and Vitamin K in women. These help in the prevention of osteoporosis in women. Apart from calcium, broccoli contains an umpteen number of other nutrients like zinc, magnesium, and phosphorous because of which, it can be very well incorporated in the diets of nursing mothers, old people, and children as well.

Acts as an Anti-Ageing Element

Collagen is the protein in fibers that serves as building blocks of our skin. Free radicals turn the oils of our epidermis, which in turn damages the collagen in the skin. In fact, free radicals have also been associated with skin cancer or premature aging of skin due to the prolonged exposure to UV rays of the sun. Broccoli is packed with antioxidants and vitamins to help slow down the aging process.

Improves Skin

As soon as we talk about skin care, we are reminded of wrinkles, dryness and aging of the skin. With increasing awareness of skincare products around the globe, there has been an equal increase in the awareness of having a healthy diet for a flawless skin. Regularly having broccoli reduces wrinkles and fine lines. It is known to be a powerhouse of Vitamin C, zinc, copper and many antioxidants. It also has folates and amino acids which help in making and keeping the skin healthy. It is responsible for reducing acne, skin pigmentation and crows’ feet.

Detoxifies Body

Any fibrous food is supposed to be a good detoxifier for a human body. Isothiocyanates help at the genetic level of the detox process and are sufficiently available in broccoli. It is especially effective in fighting lung and esophageal cancers. Isothiocyanates in broccoli prevent carcinogens from being activated and also counteract the poisonous effects of carcinogens. They also speed up the process of removing carcinogens from the body. Consumption of broccoli facilitates in overall detoxification by getting rid of all the waste and contamination accumulated.

Rich Source of Good Carbs

Salads and soups with broccoli are a delight to many diners. Broccoli is one of the richest sources of good carbohydrates which aid digestion maintaining low blood sugar. And because it has the right amount of fibrous roughage it also helps in preventing constipation. Broccoli serves as a great addition to diet by keeping the stomach full, and is useful for all those looking to control their calorie intake and lose extra flab.

Treats Allergies

While it is said that broccoli has several antioxidants, it also has high concentrations of Vitamin C which is a great add-on for immunity. It contains flavonoids that help in recycling of the Vitamin C efficiently so as to help in skin and eye allergies.

Strengthens Eyes

Eyes are the most sensitive sensory organs of a human body, and need as much sensitive care and protection. Broccoli contains Vitamin A, C and E along with phosphorous, beta carotene, and B-complex and helps against harmful radiations of computers or mobile networks. It also prevents the eyes from developing cataract.

Preventing and Controlling Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify them. This gives rise to oxidative stress in the patients of type 2 diabetes. Broccoli contains twice as much vitamin C in comparison to a medium orange,because of which it develops better control of the body over blood pressure and cortisol levels, thus reducing both hypertension and oxidative stress levels.

Uses of Broccoli

Broccoli is predominantly used in Italian cuisine like pastas and lasagnas. The stalk of broccoli is also extensively used in many culinary practices. Salads and creamy soups are mainly relished with broccoli. They are also cooked, baked, and stir fried with rice and noodles in some Chinese delicacies.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Broccoli

Broccoli in general does not have any major side effects unless consumed in high quantities. The most common side effect is flatulence or irritation in the bowels which is mainly due to the high amounts of its fiber. In fact, all cruciferous vegetables can make one gassy, but the benefits outweigh the side effects.

Origin And Cultivation of Broccoli

Broccoli in general does not have any major side effects unless consumed in high quantities. The most common side effect is flatulence or irritation in the bowels which is mainly due to the high amounts of its fiber. In fact, all cruciferous vegetables can make one gassy, but the benefits outweigh the side effects.

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
Prevention against Cancer
Improves Cardiac Health
Antioxidizing Properties
Helps in Controlling Cholesterol
Improves Bone Health
Acts as an Anti-Ageing Element
Improves Skin
Detoxifies Body
Rich Source of Good Carbs
Treats Allergies
Strengthens Eyes
Preventing and Controlling Diabetes
Uses of Broccoli
Side-Effects & Allergies of Broccoli
Origin And Cultivation of Broccoli