Diet, fruits and vegetables play a role in certain health disorders. Based on the totality of available evidence, antioxidants represent a possible way to reduce risks of heart disease. Although it remains unclear whether supplementation of diet with antioxidant vitamins will reduce risks of heart disease, most researchers agree that consumption of fruits and vegetables is an important part of a healthy diet.
Broccoli, a plant of the cabbage family, has proven value in certain conditions like heart diseases, heart attack, and different cancers.
Researchers at British Diabetic Association claim that a compound found in brassica vegetables such as broccoli could undo the damage caused by diabetes to heart blood vessels.
Researchers in Connecticut are reporting impressive new evidence that eating broccoli may protect against heart disease. Broccoli’s heart-healthy effects are likely due to its high concentrations of certain substances that seem to boost levels of a heart-protective protein called thioredoxin, the researchers Dipak K. Das and colleagues note.
Health effects of Broccoli are not limited to heart. Broccoli has been found effective in certain cancerous conditions like skin cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer and stomach cancer.
Broccoli is usually boiled or steamed, but may be eaten raw. Although boiling has been shown to reduce the levels of suspected anticancer compounds in broccoli, other preparation methods such as steaming and microwaving have not been shown to reduce the presence of these compounds.
Broccoli is high in vitamins C, K, and A, as well as dietary fiber; it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium.
A single serving provides more than 30 mg of Vitamin C. The 3,3′-Diindolylmethane found in broccoli act as anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
Therefore, in my opinion, Broccoli — an easily available vegetable in India — should be added in your meal.
Steam Broccoli, eat it and enjoy good heart health.
Dr. Anil Singhal, MD(Homeo)
Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, New Delhi.
Dr. B. R. Sur Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, New Delhi.
Bakson Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Greater Noida.