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Potential Health Benefits of Broccoli

 

Broccoli is often referred as “super veggie” because of its beneficial health effects. It is very high in many nutrients, including Vitamin C, Vitamin K, iron, potassium, and fibre. Besides these nutrients, broccoli also contains more protein than most other vegetables.

This might sound surprising to some of you: broccoli actually contains 90% of water, with the remaining being 7% carbohydrate, 3% protein, and almost no fat. With all that being said, broccoli is very low in calories. It has only 31 calories per cup.

The following are some of the potential benefits of broccoli:

  • Broccoli provides a good amount of fibre which can promote gut health
  • Broccoli contains a compound family called isothiocyanates, which can reduce many risk factors and disease, possibly including the risk of cancer.
  • Broccoli may lower the cholesterol level in the body by binding to bile acids, causing cholesterol to be expelled.
  • Broccoli contains carotenoid, which promotes eye health and reduce risks of eye-related diseases

However, for those who are taking or need to take blood thinner, you may want to be careful not to consume too much broccoli. Since broccoli contains a high amount of Vitamin K, which helps blood to clot, consumption of large amount of broccoli may counteract the effect of blood thinners.