Stay Safe & Sound with Broccoli – it is a very good source of vitamin C and can supply around 50% of the recommended daily amount in just 100g.
Vitamin C is useful in preventing anaemia by converting iron, also found in broccoli, from its ferric to ferrous state which improves the absorption in your body. This prevents you from feeling lethargic.
It is also a powerful antioxidant which can protect body cells from harmful free radicals therefore reducing the risk of cancer, coronary heart diseases, chronic diseases and arthritis. Broccoli contains beta carotene which is turned into the powerful antioxidant Vitamin A in the body.
Keep in mind that the broccoli you are about to consume after reading this article contains numerous phytochemicals, such as phenethyl isothiocyanate, benzyl isothiocyanate and more… which are able to provoke cancer cell-selective death program and hence anticancer activity.
Mechanisms underlying cell death induction by broccoli phytochemicals are currently under clinical investigations.
Antioxidants and bioflavonoids in broccoli reduce your DNA mutations and damage to the cells caused by free radicals, another way to stay Safe & Sound.
The colour of broccoli can tell you a lot about its nutrient content. A broccoli that is dark purple or dark green is more likely to contain a larger supply of vitamin C and beta carotene.
How to keep broccoli Safe & Sound:
1) Buy today and eat tonight: Shelf-life of broccoli is very short.
2) Store in the fridge: lower temperature reduces the loss of antioxidant capacity.
3) A quick steam: 5 minutes of steaming is enough to make broccoli palatable and avoid chlorophyll declining.
4) A gentle wash: give a quick rinse because you might wash out the vitamin C in the sink.
5) Organic: of course.
Any doubts? Contact our specialist team of Nutritionists in Edinburgh.
Stay Safe & Sound,