Broccoli is one of those vegetables.
One that just looks healthy. One quick glance: green, fibrous, healthy.
But, there’s more.
It’s what you don’t see.
Broccoli contains amazing super-nutrients like sulforaphane, glucobrassicin, and kaempferol, that detox cells, help fight cancer, improve aging, and more.
In fact, over 300 studies have consistently shown the benefits of broccoli.
Here are 8 proven health benefits of broccoli, and our 8-Ingredient Keto Zone Spicy Broccoli Soup to warm you up and deliver them all.
Nutrition Info: 100 Calories, 6g Fat, 4g Protein, 6g Net Carbs
Broccoli contains an unmatched combination of high fiber, high volume, low carbohydrates, and nutrient density.
What does this mean to you?
If trying to lose weight, use volume to your advantage. Just 1 cup can fill you up, load your body with nutrients, and only contains 25 calories and 3 net carbs.
Broccoli contains more antioxidant Vitamin C than an orange, ounce for ounce.
In addition, its sulforaphane increases expression of antioxidant genes (2).
What’s more, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin work to reduce retina and cornea UV ray damage in again eyes while promoting health and vision.
Broccoli and cruciferous vegetables alter and improve our guts’ healthy bacteria.
Specifically, intake of broccoli can result in an improved gut-hormonal response, immune response, and blood sugars. (3)
Unfortunately, some people cannot tolerate broccoli and experience bloating, gas, and cramps. In this case, try our soup. It’s easy-to-digest and the added collagen improves gut health.
Broccoli provides a five-way boost to cardiovascular health:
The data on broccoli’s anti-cancer activity is vast.
To start, broccoli contains 3 impressive cancer-fighting phytonutrients: glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin, and glucobrassicin. This trio supports cellular detoxification and contributes to the formation of isothiocyanates.
Isothiocyanates work to fight cancer cells by lowering oxidative stress, neutralizing carcinogens and battling toxins. (8). They stimulate cancer-killing chemicals while working to inhibit tumor growth and DNA damage.
No dairy in your diet for bones? No problem.
Broccoli contains Vitamin A and Vitamin K to support the work of Vitamin D and calcium in the body.
What’s more, the calcium, magnesium, and potassium in broccoli are essential for healthy bones, nails, and teeth (11).
Broccoli contains a flavonoid called kaempferol.
Kaempferol can decrease an allergen’s impact by reducing the inflammatory hyper-response to an allergen (5).
How can you promote youthful skin as you age?
Broccoli has an answer: sulforaphane. It increases antioxidant action to repair skin damage and improve skin health and appearance.
What’s more, broccoli’s vitamin A and vitamin C can reduce collagen breakdown, the risk of skin cancer, and skin inflammation.
Add raw and cooked broccoli several times per week with soup, slaw, roasted broccoli, and salads.
Or, double up on your nutrients, and add a daily dose of fermented vegetable powder.
From your head to your toes, broccoli’s compounds and antioxidants work to improve your health. Warm up and get the benefits of broccoli with Keto Zone Spicy Broccoli Pepper Soup today.