Reasons you should be eating more broccoli!

As per a latest study from the University of Illinois in the US, eating this powerful antioxidant broccoli three or four times a week may be associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, asthma and several types of cancer. 

Updated: Jun 24, 2016, 09:06 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Broccoli is known as one of the healthiest foods in the planet. Low in calories and rich in dozens of nutrients, this verdant vegetable has a wide variety of nutritional and medicinal benefits.

 

As per a latest study from the University of Illinois in the US, eating this powerful antioxidant broccoli three or four times a week may be associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, asthma and several types of cancer.

Other health benefits of include:

  • Broccoli can help lower cholesterol due to high soluble fiber content in the vegetable.
  • Broccoli is good for your bone health as it contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K.

 

  • Broccoli can enhance detoxification due to the presence of the dynamic trio of nutrients glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin and glucobrassicin which neutralize and eliminate unwanted contaminants in the body.
  • Broccoli aids in digestion and prevents constipation.
  • Broccoli improves eye health due to high concentrations of two carotenoids in it - lutein and zeaxanthin. Both chemicals may help protect against macular degeneration and cataracts.