Broccoli, or little trees as my kids like to call them, may provide the most all around health benefits of all vegetables. This member of the cabbage family is basically a large edible flower (we do call the little shoots florets). Their source can be traced back to the ancient Etruscans of the Mediterranean (about.com). In the United States they became popular in the 1920s.
The scientific proof of the benefits of broccoli is abundant. Research has shown that broccoli can help prevent colon cancer, reduce risk of cataracts, and protect against strokes (cnn.com). Broccoli is also reported to have positive effects on inflammation, cardiovascular and lung health, detoxification, and eye health.
Let’s have a look at some of the top nutrients in broccoli:
Vitamin C - needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It is also an antioxidant that blocks some of the damage caused by free radicals
Vitamin K - essential for the functioning of many proteins involved in blood clotting
Vitamin A - essential for healthy eye-sight and helps prevent from macular degeneration of the retina in the elderly population
Folate – is necessary for protein metabolism and cell growth and division
Manganese - functions as an enzyme activator
Potassium - helps in maintaining a healthy nervous system and makes the brain function efficient and active
Broccoli also contains a healthy amount of fiber. It is an excellent source of nutrition either steamed or raw or as sprouts. Broccoli juice has a sweet and mild taste. It blends well with other fruits and vegetables, so try some today!
Sweet Broccoli Juice
1 head of broccoli
3 celery stalks
2 oranges, peeled
1/2″ ginger root
Wash and prepare all the ingredients. Push through the juicer and pour into a glass, over ice if preferred.