Broccoli could be said to be one of the ultimate geniuses of the natural world!
Broccoli contains a whole host of nutrients that work together synergistically to provide an amazing array of benefits to the 37.2 trillion cells that make us up.
Broccoli and evolution
Broccoli is a fantastic example of an exact match that nature provides in ingredients to our development and ongoing health. This small green plant provides support for:
Our incredibly precise Immune System Our amazing Blood The astonishing intricacy of our Digestive System The most complex object in the known universe, our Brain Our biggest organ, the Skin Our phenomenal regenerating Skeleton The billions of miles of DNA we have in our cells The 2.5 billion Heartbeats we have in a lifetime Our detoxifying, energy-creating Liver And has anti-cancer and anti-ageing qualities…
At least that is what over 120 years of science tells us!
So what’s in broccoli?
Broccoli contains 12 Vitamins, 11 Minerals, all the Essential Amino Acids and the Phytochemicals known as Flavonoids, Quercetin and Lutein.
The Vitamin C in broccoli enhances the absorption of the Iron, both powerful antioxidants (or cleansers and repairers) and vital for immune system, brain, blood and skin health.
The mineral Selenium regenerates the power of the Vitamins E and C for more powerful antioxidant activity and support for our skin and immune system.
The phytochemical Lutein interacts with the Vitamin K1 and Folate to stave off cognitive decline by 12 years, as a recent study has shown.
The phytochemical Quercetin has been shown to block the growth of cancer cells and suppress the development of tumours.
Broccoli also contains a great ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6, working together for brain and heart health.
In addition to all the above, when broccoli is chewed it releases another set of phytochemicals known as Isothiocyanates. These chemicals have been shown in studies to inhibit the development of cancer and control inflammation.
Isothiocyanates have also been specifically shown to enhance the genes associated with cancer prevention.
To cap all this, broccoli also contains good amounts of a compound known as Alpha-Lipoic Acid.
At Oregon State University (the world’s leading centre for micronutrient science), researchers believe that lipoic acid kick-starts cells to regain the functions they naturally had in youth.
What this means is that as we regenerate, our new cells are younger than the ones expiring, affecting the rate at which we age!
Make sure you’re getting enough
To find out more about how you can improve your diet and get enough of the health giving nutrients that you need, start keeping a food diary.
Director - Nutrient expert, researcher & data miner
I am responsible for the scientific research and data oversight at the CheckYourFood Group. A great journey of discovery for me as I uncover the myriad of goodness that natural food contains and facilitate others to promote health and wellbeing.