Broccoli is an Italian vegetable that was originally developed in the 1600s. It is a cruciferous vegetable and is related to cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. Broccoli is said to possess a slightly sweet and bitter taste but is mild enough to be incorporated into a variety of meals.
It was eventually taken to the Americas in the 1700s and is a mainstay of diets in the United States and Canada.
What Nutrients Does Organic Broccoli Have?
Vitamins: broccoli is a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, and folate.
Minerals: broccoli is rich in potassium, but contains a bit of magnesium, and copper too.
Phytonutrients- broccoli is high in sulforaphane, an anti-cancer compound, and the anti-estrogenic compounds indole-3-carbinol and diindolylmethane. Also an excellent source of insoluble fiber.
What Can Organic Broccoli Do For You?
Reduce Cancer Risk- sulforaphane is a potent anti-cancer compound that helps inhibit the growth of tumors. It does this by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells, and also slowing down their replication.
Boost Immunity- broccoli is a good source of Vitamin C, which is important for immune system health.
Supports Detoxification- broccoli promotes detoxification and metabolism of compounds such as xenoestrogens through the action of indole-3-carbinol and diindolylmethane.
Benefits The Cardiovascular System- broccoli is high in fiber which is beneficial for the cardiovascular system by helping to reduce bad cholesterol levels. The potassium content is also beneficial for blood pressure management.
Anti-Estrogenic Actions- supplements containing extracts of I3C and DIM are heavily used by athletes and others looking to reduce estrogen load or counter estrogen dominance.