5 Benefits of Broccoli

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1. Arthritis – Recent tests on cells and tissues of mice show that a sulfur-rich broccoli compound, sulforaphane, blocks a key destructive enzyme that damages cartilage.

2. Cancer –  Sulforaphane in broccoli has also been shown to kill cancer stem cells, thereby striking to the root of tumor growth. And, the broccoli compound glucoraphanin – a precursor to sulforaphane – boosts cell enzymes that protect against molecular damage from cancer-causing chemicals.

3. Blood pressure and Kidney Health – Sulforaphane in broccoli may also significantly improve your blood pressure and kidney function. The natural compound does this by normalizing DNA methylation patterns within their cells.

4. Anti-Aging and Immune System Health – Sulforaphane also seems to stimulate a variety of antioxidant defense pathways in your body that can directly reduce oxidative stress and slow down the decline in your immune system that happens with age.

5. Heart Health, Especially for Diabetics – Sulforaphane encourages production of enzymes that protect the blood vessels, and reduces the number of molecules that cause cell damage by up to 73 percent. People with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and strokes – both of which are linked to damaged blood vessels.

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