Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables out there

Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables out there

Broccoli has long been named as one of the healthiest vegetables because of its nutritional makeup.

Indeed, broccoli and its cruciferous sidekicks are among the most powerful weapons in our dietary arsenal against cancer. That alone would elevate it to the status of a SuperFood.

Not only does broccoli contain antioxidants including vitamin C but it's a particularly good source of folate (naturally occuring folic acid). One of the huge benefits of increasing your intake of folic acid is that it help to prevent heart disease.

A researcher at Johns Hopkins University announced the discovery of a compound found in broccoli that not only prevented the development of tumors by 60 percent in the studied group, it also reduced the size of tumors that did develop by 75 percent.

Just two florets, raw lor lightly cooked, count as a veggie portion.

In addition, broccoli also boosts the immune system, lowers the incidence of cataracts, supports cardiovascular health, builds bones, and fights birth defects.

Broccoli is one of the most nutrient-dense foods known; it offers an incredibly high level of nutrition for a very low caloric cost.

It's advised to try and get broccoli into your diet at least twice a week. You should have enjoyed it on your Christmas dinner yesterday, so try it with some pasta, rice or in whole-wheat pitas with hummus at some point this week.

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