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Broccoli, benefits and properties for your health

Broccoli, benefits and properties for your health

If I tell you that we are going to talk about “ brassica oleracea var. italica ”, I’m sure you have no idea, but if I tell you that the thing is about  broccoli, broccoli or broccoli , the topic changes. This plant from the  Brassicaceae family  is a superfood in the form of  small trees  that fills healthy eating diets and that we insist on consuming so much. Thanks to its great nutritional powers, it has become an emblem of modern and healthy eating. A nutritional treasure.

Broccoli Nutrients

Originally from northern Italy, where the Roman Empire already considered it a unique food, it was brought by immigrants to the United States where it began to be popular in the 1920s.

It is a  low-calorie vegetable  , which provides a multitude of vitamins and minerals and meets the daily requirements of folic acid It is very efficient in combating anemia and its ability to prevent cancer and neurodegenerative diseases is being studied due to its “sulforaphane” content.

Nutritional value per 100 grams

Calories 38 kcal Vitamin K 102mg
carbohydrates 1.8g Potassium 70mg
Fats 0.9g Iron 1.7mg
Fiber 2.6g Match 87mg
Water 90.3g Iodine 2mg
Sugar 1.7g Calcium 56mg
Proteins 4.4g Magnesium 22mg
Vitamin A 69mg Zinc 0.6 mg
Vitamin C 87mg Sodium 8mg
Vitamin E 1.3mg
boiled broccoli

Benefits of broccoli

The multiple studies carried out ensure that this food has abundant health benefits: it combats anemia, prevents gastritis, reduces thyroid function and retinal muscle degeneration, among others. Therefore, you must make sure to introduce it into your diet. Let’s take a closer look at its best benefits:

  1. Anemia.  Due to its high content of iron, chlorophyll and folic acid, it is a highly recommended food for people sick with iron deficiency anemia.
  2. Heart.  Lowers the level of bad cholesterol, therefore helping to prevent cardiovascular heart diseases 
  3. Hypertension.   The minerals offered by this food, especially chromium, regulate glucose and prevent high blood pressure.
  4. Detox.  It acts as a stimulant, cleanser for the body and benefits the liver .
  5. Bones.  Due to its high content of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc, it is an excellent contribution to our bones.
  6. Eyes . Protects eye health thanks to its nutrients such as zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, and vitamin A. Prevents muscle aging, cataracts and damage from solar radiation.
  7. Fur.  The antioxidant properties of broccoli are also noticeable in the appearance of our skin. It helps collagen production and keeps skin healthy and flexible.
  8. Intestine.  Due to its large amount of fiber, it helps intestinal transit, preventing constipation. Reduces the level of “Helicobacter pylori” bacteria that cause stomach ulcers.
  9. Cancer.  Studies carried out on this topic suggest that broccoli acts against the chemical agents that cause cancer.
  10. Menopause.  The consumption of broccoli is recommended during menopause due to its phytoestrogen content, as is soy, because it helps alleviate the symptoms of menopause.

The WHO recommends the consumption of broccoli for its abundant benefits and health properties. Source of vitamins and minerals, it is a bomb for our body. As an example, we will say that with only 200 g. of broccoli we cover the needs of our body in terms of vitamin C.

In summary. Put a little broccoli in your weekly menus , you will have iron health and lots of vitamin C to be a little happier.

broccoli in hand field

When to eat it? broccoli season

It is a seasonal food that we can find in the  months of September and October  in almost all markets in Spain. Although you can see  broccoli  at other times of the year, they usually come from other countries or from greenhouses. Its best time is  autumn and winter , since it is one of those  winter vegetables  that fills our house with color.

On our blog you have a lot of recipes with broccoli to prepare it to the taste of adults and children.

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