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Sunday, July 7, 2013

7 Vital Nutrients in Broccoli

Each time you eat broccoli, congratulate yourself for being health conscious. Look at the nutrients it lavishes on you:

Vitamin A: know for its vital role in maintaining good vision and improving skin health. It also boosts immune function, keeping infections at bay. Broccoli has a good concentration of beat-carotene (pro-Vitamin A.)

Vitamin C: synthesizes collagen, which nourishes tissue and keeps skin healthy and young. This antioxidant vitamin plays a role in regulating cholesterol levels, and strengthens the immune system, too. We humans do not produce Vitamin C, and must obtain it from our food. Broccoli is a rich source.

Vitamin K: essential for blood to clot normally. Prevents bone loss and protects the liver.  Broccoli is one of the best sources of this key vitamin.

Fiber: of course, fiber keeps your digestion smooth. But it has many other important benefits: fiber is known to lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Calcium: necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and bones. Keeps nerve signals strong, and circulation brisk. Broccoli is among the most calcium-rich vegetables on earth. Two cups of it yield 124 mg of the mineral.

Potassium: one cup of steamed broccoli has more than 500 mg of potassium, which is responsible for healthy nerve response, muscular contractions and maintenance of cell fluid levels.

Magnesium:  this essential mineral governs hundreds of biochemical reactions in our body. It regulates body temperature, detoxifies, gives energy and strengthens bones and teeth.  Broccoli is a good source of magnesium.

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