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Seven Health Benefits of Broccoli

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mar3Broccoli is a nutrient dense food that is low in calories and here is why you should include it in your diet.

  1. Just 1 cup of broccoli has all the vitamin C you need for the day.
  2. Protect your bone health as broccoli has high levels of calcium and vitamin K, both of which are essential for healthy bones and for the prevention of osteoporosis.
  3. Broccoli contains potassium, calcium and magnesium and can help regulate your blood pressure.
  4. Boost your immune system with broccoli as it contains beta-carotene and trace minerals including zinc and selenium.
  5. Protect your nervous system. Potassium in broccoli helps maintain optimal brain function and a healthy nervous system.
  6. Reduce your risk of cancer as broccoli contains glucoraphanin which is processed by the body into sulforaphane, a compound that helps rid the body of a bacterium that can increase the risk of gastric cancer. Broccoli also contains antioxidants and anti-carcinogens to fight the growth of cervical, breast and prostate cancers.
  7. Broccoli contains vitamin B6 and folate which can reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, stroke and heart attacks.

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