Explore the Health Benefits of Broccoli

September 7, 2015
Broccoli is loaded with health benefits.

Improve your health: eat broccoli!

Broccoli may be one of the most popular vegetables on the market, but many people – including both home caregivers and seniors – do not eat enough of this cruciferous vegetable. So, why shouldn’t you skimp on broccoli? The green stalky vegetable is loaded with phytochemicals, fiber, antioxidants, and super-nutrients. In short, it’s good for your health!

Doctors and scientists associate broccoli with the following benefits:

  • Lower cholesterol. Watching cholesterol is crucial to continued health. When “bad” cholesterol levels become too high, numerous health problems can follow. How does broccoli help? Broccoli contains plenty of fiber, and once this fiber enters the body, it can capture cholesterol, so that when the broccoli is excreted the cholesterol that it has captured goes with it.
  • Improved cardiac health. Broccoli helps to remove a particular amino acid associated with red meat consumption, and thus lowers the risk of coronary artery disease. In addition, broccoli helps to keep the blood vessels strong and flowing.
  • Arthritis relief. In arthritis, anti-inflammation is the name of the game – and broccoli is one excellent anti-inflammatory. Ingredients in broccoli are thought to help mitigate joint destruction brought on by osteoarthritis.
  • Cancer prevention. Cruciferous vegetables are associated with reduced risk of some cancers, including prostate cancer. This is thought to be due to chemicals that help to reduce oxidative stress.
  • General health benefits. Consuming broccoli may improve eye health, digestion, and detoxification.

Drawbacks

Some people find that eating broccoli (or too large a quantity of broccoli) may cause gas or may irritate the bowels. Because broccoli is high in vitamin K, too much of it may also cause blood thinners to be less effective.

There are scores of recipes involving broccoli. Home caregivers may want to investigate some new ways of incorporating this wonderful vegetable into the diets of their loved ones.

Writer, Craig Butler

Craig Butler has been writing on a wide range of topics for more than fifteen years. As the National Communications Director for the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, Craig regularly writes on a range of health and medical topics. Among the many projects he has written for the Foundation is the Cooley's Anemia Storybook, a collection of original short stories for children with the blood disorder Cooley's Anemia. His freelance work has ranged from reviewing moves and CDs to creating entertainment-related stories about baldness, to creating text for comic strips. Craig looks forward to having a dialogue with you about senior care and issues of concern.

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