Broccoli is in the news again. It seems like every second day I read about the wonders of broccoli, or more exactly the benefits of the compounds broccoli contains.
Originally cultivated in Italy, in Roman times, the original plant looked very different from today’s commercially grown variety.
The edible part of the broccoli is the flowerhead. With the migration of Italians throughout the world, so broccoli has spread to be enjoyed by many people.
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable related to cauliflower, which is also closely resembles. The stems and stalks of the Broccoli plus the soft florets are all edible.
Broccoli provides a number of important benefits, but perhaps the most important of these benefits is its possible anti-cancer properties. Broccoli contains phytochemicals such as sulforaphane and indoles, which provide strong anticancer benefits. In particular, research into indole carbinol has shown that this compound may help to inhibit chemicals that promote the growth of tumors, thereby providing protection against cancers and tumor formation.
The various compounds contained in broccoli have also been shown to help prevent cancer cells from spreading to other parts of the body and to boost the effects of various detoxifying enzymes.
In addition to its role in fighting cancer, broccoli may be able to improve the appearance of the skin as well. That is because sulforaphane, one of the major compounds found in broccoli and similar vegetables, may be able to boost the detoxifying effects of liver and skin cells. Some recent studies have also suggested that the compounds found in broccoli may be able to repair the sun damage to the skin.
So, remember to eat broccoli!