Broccoli hit the headlines in 1992. Studies undertaken at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, showed that people who eat significant levels of fruit and vegetables usually have lower rates of cancer. Further studies showed that a particular cancer-protective compound called sulphorophane is found in high quantities in broccoli. This stimulates the body into producing higher than normal amounts of detoxifying enzymes, which can speed the removal of carcinogens from the body.
Researchers also discovered that young broccoli shoots just a few days old, have approximately thirty times the concentration of sulphoraphane found in older plants.
Broccoli has other compounds in it which further give it the criteria to be labelled a ‘super-food’. It is rich in fiber and contains both folic acid and vitamin C – both of which enhance the absorption of iron in the body. Furthermore one cupful of broccoli contains more calcium than a glass of milk.
And finally, broccoli can help keep our blood sugar levels balanced as it contains chromium, a mineral needed to enable the body to deal effectively with glucose. So broccoli has its role in the prevention of adult-onset diabetes too!
So – it is worth putting broccoli into the shopping basket each week! Better still, how about having broccoli sprouts on an oat biscuit with humus as one of your strategic snacks a few times a week? Embracing the benefits of broccoli will no doubt, bring you one step closer to becoming a Sustainable High Performer!
By Frances Mason