I remember as a child, trying not to eat the greens on my plate, and my Mother saying, “Eat all of your broccoli, it’s good for you”. Well that was a long time ago, and I now love broccoli and all of the nutrition it provides.
I mean, how do you beat the nutrition of broccoli? Broccoli Sprouts!!!
Broccoli sprouts can contain up to 50 times the amount of certain antioxidants found in full grown broccoli. They are an incredible source of sulforaphane glucosinolate, a natural compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous plants, that provide antioxidant protection. When it comes to basic nutrients, broccoli is king. Ounce for ounce, broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange and as much calcium as a glass of milk. It is also one of the richest sources of beta-carotene in the produce section.
Detoxification is another important step in being healthy. So we wanted to add natural foods to The Superfood Diet to help with this vital process. Broccoli has a very strong impact on our body’s detoxification process and researchers have identified one of the reasons for this benefit. Glucoraphanin, glucononasturtiian and glucobrassicin are 3 glucosinolate phytonutrients found in special combination in broccoli. This trio is able to support all steps in the body’s detox process, including activation, neutralization, and elimination of unwanted contaminants.
Broccoli may help solve our epidemic of vitamin D deficiency. When large supplemental doses of vitamin D are needed to offset deficiency, ample supplies of vitamin K and vitamin A help keep our vitamin D metabolism in balance. Broccoli has an unusually strong combination of both vitamin A (beta-carotene), and vitamin K. For people faced with the need to rebuild vitamin D stores through vitamin D supplements, broccoli may be an ideal food to include in your diet.
Broccoli is also a rich source of a flavonoid called kaempferol. Research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. This kaempferol connection helps to explain the unique anti-inflammatory benefits of broccoli.
High in vitamin C, broccoli also aids in iron absorption in the body, combats the development of cataracts, as well as easing the symptoms of the common cold. The folic acid in broccoli helps women sustain normal tissue growth and is often used as a supplement when taking birth control pills and during pregnancies.
The potassium in broccoli aids those battling high blood pressure, while a large amount of calcium helps combat osteoporosis. The vegetable is also fiber-rich, which also enhances the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, as well as supporting healthy cholesterol levels.
In recent years, broccoli has been making headlines regarding three compounds found in the vegetable. For instance, indole-3-carbinol has captured the attention of those looking for protective effects against hormone-related cancers, such as breast and prostate cancer. I3C supports “good” hormones, while working against destructive ones.
Some possible benefits of raw Broccoli Sprout Powder may include:
● Supporting healthy digestion
● Combating inflammation throughout the body
● High levels of sulforaphane which can combat H. pylori bacteria
● Enhancing detoxification throughout the body
● Supporting healthy cardiovascular system
● Combating the development of cataracts
● Supporting “good” hormones, while working against destructive ones
● Combating high blood pressure
● High levels of antioxidants
● Combating allergies & asthma
● Supporting healthy cholesterol levels