You already know that broccoli is good for you, but the latest research proves that this humble crisper staple is a genuine superfood. Here are 7 amazing reasons to eat broccoli every day.
Broccoli is an anti-inflammatory
In popular culture, broccoli is famous for sparking dinner table arguments, as parents desperately encourage their picky children to eat it. But while it may inflame passionate feelings, broccoli is actually a fairly potent anti-inflammatory. That’s all thanks to high concentrations of the flavonoid kaempferol, which has been studied for its positive impact on allergy symptoms.
Broccoli is easy on the eyes
Not only do broccoli’s intensely green, arboreal florets look beautiful on your plate, but eating them may help you to see them. A diet rich in broccoli may prevent blindness due to macular degeneration and it may also stave off cataracts.
Broccoli could treat autism
If you haven’t tried broccoli sprouts on a sandwich or salad, you should. Not only do they make for a delicious lunch, but recent studies show they could benefit those suffering from autism. Scientists at John Hopkins found that extracts of sulforaphane, which they derived from the sprouts, improved the behaviour of young men with moderate to severe autism.
Broccoli may prevent colon cancer
We’ve long understood a link between fibre intake and reduced chances of colon cancer, but researchers at the University of Liverpool found that it’s not just fibre that helps – it’s galactose-rich fibre, like that found in broccoli, cabbage and lettuce. The study, published in Gastroenterology, found that a daily serving of galactose-rich foods can reduce the risk of colon cancer by up to 46 per cent.
Broccoli is a great detox
Eating your broccoli isn’t the only way to maximize its health benefits. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say you can drink it, too! In a trial in one of China’s most polluted areas, they found that daily intake of a drink made from broccoli sprout powder rapidly increased excretion speeds for benzene and acrolein, toxins implicated in cancer and lung disease. Bottoms up!
Broccoli is full of vitamin C
Move over oranges, because it turns out that one serving of broccoli (91 grams, or approximately 1 cup raw, chopped) contains 135% of your daily vitamin C requirements. That’s more than you’ll find in a similar serving of citrus fruit, by the way.
Broccoli might fend off arthritis
Vitamin K, which broccoli is full of, is an important ingredient for reducing inflammation and building bone density, and vitamin K deficiency and osteoarthritis of the knee are linked. But these days researchers are focusing on the phytochemical sulforaphane, which is produced in all cruciferous plants, but is especially strong in broccoli. The relationship is currently being studied by University of East Anglia researchers for its potential to prevent and alleviate osteoarthritis symptoms.