5 Reasons to Add Broccoli to Your Plate

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Twenty-five years ago, President George H.W. Bush famously declared, "I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli."

While former President Bush gave broccoli a bad rap, researchers are continually finding health benefits from this tree-like vegetable. Here are five reasons why women and men (including the former president) should regularly eat broccoli:

  • Bone health. This vegetable has both vitamin K and vitamin A. The combination of these two vitamins keeps the body's metabolism of vitamin D in balance when large supplemental doses are needed because of a deficiency. Broccoli also is a source of calcium, which supports strong bones.
  • Assistance in dealing with allergies. Broccoli has kaempferol, which lessens the impact of allergy-related substances on the body.
  • Detoxifying the body. Broccoli supports the body's detoxification system due to three specific phytonutrients. This combination supports the entire detox process, including neutralizing and eliminating unwanted contaminants.
  • Limiting damage caused by oxidative stress. This vegetable's nutrients help lower the levels of oxidative stress in the body. High oxidative stress levels are linked to chronic inflammation that can lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), obesity, diabetes, cancer, and possibly Alzheimer's disease.
  • Treating prostate cancer. A new study out of Texas A&M University and Oregon State University found that sulforaphone, a compound that occurs naturally in broccoli, could be used to treat advanced prostate cancer. This type of cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed types in the United States and is a leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide.

There are lots of ways to fix broccoli, but I wanted to share my favorite method, courtesy Ina Garten:

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