Broccoli is an extremely healthy cruciferous vegetable. While being low in calories and a perfect diet food, it is also full of many vitamins and minerals, as well as being fibrous. Most of the vitamins and minerals in broccoli are more bioavailable when cooked, however cooking can decrease other beneficial molecules in broccoli. So, it’s best to eat both raw and cooked.
A cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange and is a good source of beta-carotene. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin k, folate and zinc. Making broccoli very beneficial to cell mitochondria helping produce energy while protecting the functioning of one’s cell, as well as helping lowering blood pressure, decreasing bad cholesterol, helping heal wounds and form collagen, body tissue, and bone, as well providing antioxidant support.
Some of the more interesting effects of broccoli come from Sulforaphane which has been associated with various health benefits and may beneficially affect cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, digestion, and age-related cognitive decline.
Broccoli is also very well known for its anti-estrogenic phytochemicals which can help decrease estrogen helping increase testosterone, which can have a wide array of beneficial effects such as increased muscle mass, and a decrease in various forms of cancer.
Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables around and goes very well with many dishes. So whether your dieting, or trying to build muscle, you may want to consider adding more broccoli to your diet.