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The healing power of broccoli

  1. Broccoli is a very healthy vegetable. In any case, that is certain. In recent years we have been inundated with facts about broccoli. It would be a superfood, but is that also the case? Broccoli is attributed healing properties. To what extent is that justified? Can broccoli prevent or even cure disease? And if broccoli is that healthy, how should you prepare it?


  1. Vitramines in broccoli Minerals and amino acid Broccoli against cancer Steam, boil or stir-fry briefly Detox with broccoli Broccoli, against burned skin Is broccoli a superfood? Broccoli in the food

Vitramines in broccoli

  1. Broccoli helps prevent cancer, helps repair skin damage and is good for the eyes. These are fine claims, but is there also a scientific basis behind them? This originally Italian vegetable is in any case full of vitamins. Only 60 grams of broccoli is enough for the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin C. 80 grams of broccoli is enough for the RDA of vitamin K. In addition, it is packed with vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B11 (folic acid), vitamins A and EA C and E are the strongest antioxidants among vitamins.

Minerals and amino acid

  1. Broccoli also contains a wide spectrum of minerals. Manganese, potassium, molybdenum, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, selenium, zinc and iron are in large quantities in the green brother of the cauliflower. It also contains the amino acid tryptophan.

Broccoli against cancer

  1. After eating broccoli, the body is able to remove toxins. This is mainly due to the presence of natural vitamins A, C and E which are strong antioxidants. These help to stop oxidation processes and prevent inflammation. Detox, oxidation and inflammation at the cellular level are linked to the development of cancer. The toxin-removing properties of vitamins are enhanced by phytonutrients with antioxidant action. Kaempferol, quercetin, carotenoid lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene are key substances when it comes to antioxidant activity in the body. These substances enhance the detox effect of the A, C, E vitamins present. In addition, there is glucosinolate in broccoli. This substance is currently being scientifically tested for the prevention of cancer. Glucosinolate is mainly found in broccoli.

Steam, boil or stir-fry briefly

  1. In order to maintain the medicinal properties of broccoli, the vegetables should be steamed or cooked very briefly. Cooking and steaming time is maximum 5 minutes. Broccoli soup cooked for hours is a lot less nutritious and has only minimal healing power. Try to make a broccoli soup with as short a cooking time as possible. Moreover, the broccoli will have a bad taste due to the long cooking. What is recommended is to cut the florets off the broccoli and add raw to a salad. Broccoli is also used as a stir-fry vegetable. Stir-frying can cause a lot of nutrient damage, but on the other hand, it should be done even shorter because the chopped stir-fry vegetables are cooked earlier than large boiled stumps. The maximum broccoli stir-frying time is 3 minutes.

Detox with broccoli

  1. Detoxing is done in two phases. During the first phase, a toxin is prepared in the liver to leave the body. The poison is then considered a dangerous free radical that must be further dealt with in phase two. During the second phase, toxins can leave the body without causing danger. Isothiocyanate is a substance in broccoli that is formed from glucosinolate. This substance forms phase 1 in the detoxification process. Phase 2 is triggered by enzymes. Isothiocyanate is able to change the enzymes that provide phase 2 of the detox. Broccoli, for example, provides for both phases of the detox. The toxins can cause cancer. Broccoli is a detox vegetable that is a great addition to an anti-cancer diet.

Broccoli, against burned skin

  1. Besides detox and anti-cancer effects, broccoli has several other health-promoting properties. The fiber in broccoli ensures good digestion and good absorption of all important nutrients. In addition, broccoli is currently being researched for its effect on the prevention of cardiovascular disease. It seems to be very positive for this, but conclusive conclusions cannot yet be drawn. What is known is that sulforaphane, a substance produced in the body after eating broccoli, makes sunburnt skin recover faster. Broccoli is a vegetable that accelerates the production of vitamin D from sunlight.

Is broccoli a superfood?

  1. To answer the question of whether broccoli is really that healthy, and if the healing power stands out above other vegetables, we can safely say: "Yes" Broccoli contains relatively many healthy nutrients, more than in other vegetables. That is why the superfood label is in place. However, there is no reason to eat broccoli every day now.

Broccoli in the food

  1. We can eat a lot more vegetables than just with a hot meal. We can eat salads for lunch or dinner. We can eat snack vegetables and drink vegetable smoothies. While some love to chew on a raw broccoli stalk, this is not an ideal snack vegetable like cucumber, tomato and radish. Broccoli does fit well in a vegetable smoothie and on top, the small balls can be sprinkled over a salad.

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