Broccoli Nutrition & Health Benefits | BodyManual

Broccoli Nutrition & Health Benefits | BodyManual


Hey guys, Dr. Huntington here to tell you
why your mom was right about eating your broccoli. If you don’t already eat
broccoli on a regular basis, this is one vegetable that can absolutely transform
your health. Alright, so broccoli and other cruciferous
vegetables, they contain a phytochemical known as indole-3-carbinol (or I3C), which helps to maintain a healthy ratio of good and bad estrogen.
Remember, estrogen encompasses a group of hormones and their metabolites –
metabolites being all the substances that are either required for estrogen
metabolism or substances that are created from estrogen metabolism. For the female reproductive system to be healthy it
requires these to be functioning in a proper ratio because this metabolism can
result in good estrogen or the more dominant types of estrogen, which
if circulating in excess, can be bad for your health. For
example, many types of breast cancer involve tumors that depend on the
dominant estrogen in order to grow. So back to broccoli… When the
compound I3C is digested, it creates another natural compound known as diindolylmethane, or DIM for short. DIM helps to balance hormones,
specifically estrogen and testosterone. So I3C and DIM create hormonal balance
and they do this by increasing the activity of enzymes that convert the
dominant bad estrogen to the good kind. They also metabolize xenoestrogens, which are harmful chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body. These
xenoestrogens often come from manmade materials, such as plastics or
other synthetic compounds. Although they also come from certain plants.
Basically, a xenoestrogen is any substance that mimics estrogen – and
that’s why it’s problematic. Broccoli also contains another vital
chemical called sulforaphane and studies have shown that this compound
slows aging and fights cancer. One of the things it does is that it assists in
detoxification by initiating an enzyme in the liver and this allows
the toxins to be efficiently removed by your body – not to mention, all
the other nutrients that you’ll get when you eat your broccoli. It’s a
great source of vitamin K, vitamin C and fiber. You also get potassium,
selenium, folate, vitamin A… Broccoli is a great source of
antioxidants, which is key for slowing the aging process. Broccoli
also contains compounds that can help reduce inflammation and, of course, the
fiber can help with digestion. Alright so now that you’re going to make sure that
you include broccoli in your diet, you also want to make sure that you choose
organic because, unfortunately, the USDA testing program found that seventy
percent of domestic, conventional broccoli samples – so that’s grown in the
USA, non-organic – contain the pesticide imidacloprid. That’s
a chemical that’s commonly used on broccoli because of its neurotoxic effect on insects and bees, and so you
don’t want to be eating that compound. So make your mom proud and make sure organic broccoli is a constant part of your plate. Alright,
I’ll see you in the next video.

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