The Gift of Broccoli

by O2Living Editorial Team @o2living
posted on January 16th 2013
The Gift of Broccoli

Adding even just a cup of broccoli to your daily diet is one of the healthiest choices you can make for yourself and for your family.

Some scientists and researchers even refer to this high vitamin vegetable as a “super food” because it is high in dietary fiber, contains multiple nutrients and is packed with powerful anti-cancer properties.

According to research from the Linus Pauling Institute, the best way to receive the full health benefits of broccoli is to eat the vegetable in its live form. Organic, fresh broccoli contains an unrivaled live enzyme called myrosinase. If broccoli is eaten uncooked, myrosinase acts as a powerful anti-cancer enzyme. If over cooked or over boiled, the potency of the enzyme is lowered, and the broccoli itself will have little nutritional value left. 

Broccoli’s Many Benefits:

Vitamin C

We all need our daily dose of vitamin C and broccoli is loaded with it. Vitamin C helps boost our immune system, which in turn helps us ward off many illness including the dreaded common cold.

Heart Disease

The folate and vitamin B6 in broccoli can help reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke. Broccoli acts as a defense mechanism by preventing your arteries from thickening.


Broccoli is high in fiber. Fiber, of course, provides our bodies with tremendous health benefits. It keeps your digestive system strong and healthy and helps you maintain proper blood sugar levels.

Fights Cancers

Research has shown eating large amounts of broccoli may lower your risk of some cancers. Compounds in broccoli have been shown to target and block genes associated with cancer cell growth.

Getting a daily dose of live broccoli into your diet isn’t so hard. The next time you’re making a glass of green juice, feel free to add a few spears of broccoli into it. When you’re preparing a salad to go with tonight’s dinner, throw some broccoli in there. Or just eat it as snack when you’re feeling hungry.

Be sure to include broccoli in the live food you eat everyday.

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