Health, Vegetables

Health Benefits Of Broccoli

Did you know that broccoli is widely known as one of the world’s healthiest foods? Yes, broccoli is a calcium rich cruciferous plant that has been around for nearly 2000 years. Broccoli was developed from wild cabbage and is originally from Italy, it has many health benefits but mostly famous for it’s vitamin k and C qualities. Read on to discover the many health benefits of broccoli.

  • Origin – Italy
  • Scientific name – Brassica Oleracea

Nutritional facts of a 100 g of broccoli

  • Calories – 50
  • Sodium – 33 mg
  • Potassium – 316 mg
  • Total carbs – 6.64 g
  • Dietary fiber – 2.6 g
  • Sugars – 1.7 g
  • Protein – 2.82 g
  • Vitamin A – 12 %
  • Vitamin C – 148 %
  • Calcium – 5%
  • Iron – 6%
  • Vitamin B-6 – 13 %
  • Magnesium – 6 %
  • Vitamin K – 97 %
  • Vitamin E -5 %
  • Phosphorus – 66 mg
  • Water -89.3 g

Health benefits of broccoli

Although broccoli is one of the least vegetables in taste, researchers and numerous medical studies have found broccoli to be packed with essential vitamins and minerals that if consumed regularly may help prevent, fight or even cure the following health problems.

  • Reduces Cholesterol levels
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces allergies
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Decreases the risk of heart disease
  • Decreases the risk of cancer
  • Helps aid weight loss
  • High in antioxidants
  • Relieves constipation
  • Rids the body of harmful toxins
  • Reduces acid levels in the body
  • Boost the immune system
  • Helps prevent certain types of cancers
  • Decreases the risk of diabetes
  • Reduces the risk of stroke
  • Lowers high blood pressure

Side effects of broccoli

  • As always, cruciferous vegetables are usually high in vitamin k, which is a natural blood thickener, therefore, people on blood thinning medications should be careful when consuming said foods. Naturally broccoli is safe and beneficial to your overall health.

Facts about broccoli

  • Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family, making it a cruciferous vegetable. Its name derived from the Italian word broccolo, meaning the flowering top of a cabbage.
  • Thomas Jefferson,  one of the founding fathers of America loved broccoli soo much that he imported seeds from Italy which he planted at monticello in may 1767.
  • Broccoli originated in Italy and was enjoyed by the Romans during the 16th century.
  • A compound found in broccoli appears to have more effect than modern antibiotics against the creation of peptic ulcer causing bacteria.
  • The most common type of broccoli is the Calabrese broccoli, which is named after the place of its origin, Calabria Italy.



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