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Written By (sagada genuine guides association inc). on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 | 5:47 PM

Brassica oleracea

Broccoli contains particular chemicals that are known to prevent cancer.
It is also rich in many nutrients such as calcium, vitamin C, folic acid and iron.

Health benefits

Since the broccoli is rich in dietary fibers it can reduce the risk of cancer, especially colon cancer.
Its high levels of vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene provide us with a good intake of anti-oxidants, which help reduce risk of heart disease and stroke.

It is rich in iron and folic acid that helps to combat anemia. These nutriments, especially folic acid, are very important for women who want to have a child. Folic acid reduces the risk of having a baby with Spina bifida.

Caution: Broccoli reduces iodine absorption. If you eat it more than 3 times a week you should ensure your iodine intake.

  • Broccoli contains twice the vitamin C of an orange
  • It has almost as much calcium as whole milk--and the calcium is better absorbed
  • It contains selenium, a mineral that has been found to have anti-cancer and anti-viral properties
  • Broccoli is a modest source of vitamin A and alpha-tocopherol vitamin E
  • It also has antioxidant properties
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