One of the stars among vegetables is the group called cruciferous. These include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. Research is pointing to their special qualities with ability to boost health on a number of different levels, including heart and arteries as well as cancer.
Your Secret To Good Health – Prevent Inflammation
More and more science is showing how inflammation can trigger a downward spiral of disease conditions in the body and how the foods we eat have a direct result on preventing it from getting out of control. Eliminating foods that cause this condition is one side of the equation. The other side is adding foods that have the ability to lower inflammation. We need to do both of these, if our goal is to help our bodies fight off disease and build our immune systems for strong, long term health.
Broccoli contains a natural compound called sulforaphane which has been shown to reduce inflammation at the high-risk areas in arteries – the places where plaque builds up and begins to prevent blood flow at critical points in our circulatory system. This condition is called Atherosclerosis and it can lead to angina, heart attack and stroke. Cruciferous vegetables all contain sulforaphane, however broccoli has one of the largest amounts and is being studied for it’s effect on preventing artery plaque buildup.
have already seen that sulforaphane can prevent inflammation in arterial walls and now they are expanding the studies to see if this compound can also prevent the progression of already existing atherosclerosis conditions.
Easily Jump Start Your Health Today with Broccoli
While the scientists are doing their best to document the various benefits of broccoli and the others in this group of vegetables, we have no reason to wait around and see what they come up with. We can all make a glass of nutritious vegetable juice that includes broccoli right now. Include cruciferous vegetables in your raw salads too.
Here is a vegetable juice recipe that we recommend.
RECIPE – Veggie Juice with Broccoli
- Handful of broccoli tops or inch section of stalk, cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
- Three carrots
- 1 to 2 inch section cucumber
- 1 stalk celery
- 1/2 lime
- 1/2 or 1 apple