Broccoli, the Life Giving Superfood

broccoli at farmers market

Did you know that California is the nation’s top broccoli grower and Monterey County grows the most of any county? Once again California leads the pack in the production of superfoods. In fact, for many years Greenfield, California was known as the Broccoli Capital of the World, though they discontinued their Broccoli Festival and the road sign on I-101 faded away several years ago. But that’s not saying Broccoli is not still very much in the spotlight.

California Produces 90% of Broccoli in the U.S.

California’s agricultural abundance includes more than 400 commodities. Our stunning state produces nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. And broccoli is one of our shining stars. Although the virtuoso vegetable is nearly available year round, the late winter and early spring farmers markets are prime time for broccoli.

Broccoli and its cruciferous sidekicks are among the most powerful weapons in our dietary arsenal against cancer. That alone would elevate it to the status of a Superfood. As one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet; it offers an incredibly high level of nutrition for a very low caloric cost.

Broccoli boosts the immune system, lowers the incidence of cataracts, supports cardiovascular health, builds bones, and fights birth defects.

Of the ten most common vegetables eaten in the United States, broccoli is a clear winner in terms of total polyphenol content; it’s got more polyphenols than all other popular choices; only beets and red onions have more polyphenols per serving.

The Central Coast of California also has the longest growing season for broccoli — it’s available almost year round. Broccoli doesn’t like it when it gets too hot, which is why our cool coastal climate is perfect for growing it.

Resource via: See California

The Many Health Benefits of Broccoli

heart shaped broccoli

Broccoli contains a substantial amount of nutrients that are extremely good for health including vitamins A, C, folic acid, fiber and calcium. Check out the many other amazing effect eating broccoli in your daily diet can do.

Prevents Cancer

Broccoli is rich in glucoraphanin which can be processed by the human body into a kind of compound capable of preventing cancer. It works by eliminating H. pylori from a human body which is known as a bacterium that triggers gastric cancer. The vegetable is also rich in indole-3-carbinol which is an extremely powerful antioxidant. Anti-carcinogen properties are also present in broccoli and these are effective in hindering the development of prostate, cervical and breast cancer while also improving liver health.

Maintains a Healthier Nervous System

This can be attributed to its high potassium content. This works not only in maintaining a healthier nervous system but also in allowing the human brain to function optimally. It also works in promoting the regular growth of muscles.

Regulates Blood Pressure

This is possible because of the presence of magnesium, calcium and potassium in broccoli.

Reduces Cholesterol

The vegetable contains a huge amount of soluble fiber which is proven to be effective in drawing out cholesterol from the body.

A Great Addition to Your Diet

For those who are dieting, broccoli can be a perfect addition to their diet plans. This is rich in fiber which prevents digestive problems and constipation, curbs overeating and maintains a lower and healthier level of blood sugar.

Packed With Vitamin C

Just one cup of California broccoli provides your entire daily needed intake of Vitamin C, it ranks higher than the equivalent of an orange.

High in Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps fight cancer within your cells, as well as keep your eyes healthy and stave off glaucoma and other eye degenerative diseases.

Healthy For You Inside & Out

Broccoli helps to promote healthy skin, breakdown urinary stones, and maintain healthy bones and teeth.

High in Fiber

Not only in soluble fiber but insoluble as well. Your body needs both types.

Contains the Flavonoid Kaempferol

California grown broccoli contains Kaempferol. Kaempferol is an anti-inflammatory, helps fight against cancer and heart disease, and has been shown to be preventative in adult diabetes onset.

Resources via: Natural News & Mind Body Green

Broccoli Fun Facts

  • There are only 30 calories in one cup of broccoli.Broccoli
  • Broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange.
  • Broccoli has just about the same amount of calcium as whole milk.
  • Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family, making it a cruciferous vegetable.
  • The word broccoli comes from the Latin word brachium and the Italian word braccio, which means “arm.”
  • Broccoli was once known as Italian asparagus.
  • Eating raw broccoli is the best way to get all its offered nutrients.
  • Broccoli isn’t just a side dish! Check out these amazing broccoli recipes!

Resource via: Nature’s Garden Delivered