The compounds found in broccoli are also thought to provide extensive benefits to the heart and cardiovascular system.
Many recent studies have suggested that the nutrients and other compounds present in broccoli may be able to prevent the heart from damage, due to the high level of flavonoids and other antioxidant vitamins it contains.
Broccoli is thought to provide these important effects through the presence of antioxidant vitamins, which have the ability to disarm the free radicals that are part of the normal aging process. These free radicals are unstable and “steal” from your cells to balance themselves, causing cellular damage. This can lead to premature aging and other harmful effects. Antioxidants, like those found in broccoli, are thought to have the ability to lessen the cell damage done by these free radicals.
In addition, broccoli may have significant effects at preventing cataracts and other degenerative diseases of the eye as broccoli contains powerful phytochemical vitamins in the carotenoid family as lutein and zeaxanthin. Both of these phytochemicals are present in high concentrations in the lens of the eye. In a recent study those who consumed broccoli every day were found to have a lower incidence of cataracts and other eye diseases than those who did not consume broccoli on a regular basis.
Broccoli is also a strong source of calcium, and it is therefore important to keeping the bones healthy and preventing osteoporosis. As a matter of fact, other than milk and other dairy products, broccoli is one of the very richest sources of calcium available. The bonus with broccoli is that it provides these benefits without the fat and excess calories found in milk, ice cream and other dairy products.
Broccoli may have important abilities at preventing ulcers as well, since broccoli has been shown to be effective against the helicobacter pylori bacterium thought to be responsible for most peptic ulcers. In addition to these other important benefits, the compounds in broccoli are thought to be effective at boosting the immune system.