As a kid growing up I was never a big fan of eating vegetables, sounds like a typical kid. As I grew older I started to appreciate other types of foods, which included broccoli. As a competing athlete keeping my body healthy and fueled properly for the next day is a must if you want to make it in this day and age. Besides from the athletic benefits it can provide this green vegetable should be a must to include in your diet!
Learn the 5 Benefits Eating Broccoli Provides!
Broccoli Helps Reduce Inflammation:
Feeling sore after a brutal workout from yesterday or knowing today’s working is going to be a killer? Put down the Advil and whip out this veggie. Broccoli has a great amount of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well know as an anti-inflammatory.
Broccoli is a Powerful antioxidant:
Did you broccoli is one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C? Broccoli also has flavonoids which are necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively, this is higher than oranges! Other powerful antioxidants include carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene.
Broccoli can help prevent Cancer:
A study was done at the Oregon State University stating, “sulforaphane—a powerful antioxidant found in abundance in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables—has the power to selectively target and kill cancer cells, meanwhile leaving normal prostate cells unaffected.”
Broccoli is a Aid in Diet:
So there are a coupe of different carbohydrates out there; broccoli is a good carb that is also high in fiber. Having a high fiber diet aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating.
Broccoli helps have a Healthy Heart:
The consumption of this veggie can lessen heart damage suffered during heart attack-mimicking oxygen deprivation, higher levels of heart-protective chemicals during deprivation and better blood pumping ability. The anti-inflammatory properties of sulforaphane, which is one of the isothiocyanates (ITCs) in broccoli, could prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems.