The Health Benefits of Broccoli

Today I want to share the health benefits of broccoli with you.  I like fresh, raw broccoli, as well as steam or boiled broccoli.  I like eating raw broccoli by itself or chopped up and in a salad.  Boiled broccoli I like drained with just a little bit of salt and pepper. 001 Come to think of it there aren’t any ways I don’t like broccoli, unless it’s in something that has raw onions in it.  I know I’m weird, but I detest raw onions, but cooked onions I don’t have a problem with.  It’s the flavor of raw onions that gets me.  Not a fan.  My favorite is sauteed onions.  I love to take onions and mushrooms and saute them in just a little bit of olive oil and put them on a turkey burger.  Yum!

Now back to broccoli.  The information below was taken from an article I found on  I would like to highlight some of the benefits of broccoli below.

1.  Broccoli contains a high amount of potassium, which helps maintain a healthy nervous system and optimal brain function, as well as promotes regular muscle growth.

2.  Along with a high amount of potassium, Broccoli also contains magnesium and calcium that help regulate blood pressure.

3.  One cup of broccoli contains the RDA of vitamin C, an antioxidant necessary for fighting against free radicals. Moreover, vitamin C is an effective antihistamine for easing the discomfort of the common cold.

4.  Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.Feburary 1, 2014 024

5.  Broccoli is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.

6.  The B6 and folate in broccoli helps to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

As you can see there are many great benefits to eating broccoli as part of a healthy diet.  I encourage you to pick some up the next time you’re at the grocery store.

Here are some links to some healthy recipes with broccoli.

Awesome Broccoli Marinara

Broccoli and Garlic Pasta

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