Broccoli is one of those foods you hate as a kid but love as an adult. If you were imaginative, your childish self would see this cruciferous vegetable as a tiny tree, and why would you want to eat a tree? You learned about saving the trees in first grade. Are Mom and Dad destroying the forest and eating it? Well, it’s yucky. You aren’t even going to try it; you just know.
It’s the same story with spinach, “I’m not eating leaves!” tomatoes, “It’s so squishy and slimy!” Brussel sprouts, “These are icky!” and whole grain bread, “The white one is much better!” Keep in mind most children detest the taste of alcohol and coffee, but this changes comes adulthood unless, of course, your alcohol is sweet red wine and your coffee is a mocha latte with extra milk (I’m sorry, but that is not coffee anymore.)
As an adult, you realize spinach, tomatoes, Brussel sprouts, and whole grain bread are actually healthy and not so gross if you serve them right. That is, most adults begin eating them. Some of us remain kids forever. Although if you don’t like broccoli, why are you reading this recipe with “broccoli” clearly written in the title? Ah, you’d like to try something new? Then welcome aboard!
Unlike the controversial health effects of wine and coffee, broccoli is a model of nutritious food for the following reasons:
- Contains anti-inflammatory properties
- Improves digestion
- Supports eye health
- Repairs skin damage
- Rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and vitamin C
- Supports the body’s natural detoxification
Research has found it additionally capable to:
- Slow down and even prevent arthritis
- Fight cancer
- Blood pressure and kidney function
- Improve blood pressure and support kidney health
- Improve immune system
- Reduce risk of heart attacks
Mom was right. “Eat your broccoli!”
If those benefits did not surprise you, there is another incredible result when this cruciferous vegetable interacts with your edocrine system.
Broccoli is a superfood when it comes to reducing excess estrogen. This cruciferous vegetable has a phytochemical which changes the extra estrogen into a form safer for the body. This greatly reduces the risk of estrogen-related cancer, such as breast and prostate cancer.
A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition proved the negative correlation between fiber and estrogen. The female participants doubled their fiber intake and after two months, all of them showed significantly lower levels of estrogen in their bloodstream. This reduced their risk for any cancer linked to hormones and improved their symptoms of excess estrogen, such as anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.
What you eat affects how you feel. Eating well will make you feel well, and eating badly will make you sick. Sometimes the symptoms can seem psychological but the body is one entity, where every aspect depend on the other.
So eat your broccoli, or I’m telling Mom!
Chinese Broccoli Soup
- 1.5 pounds broccoli
- 2 onions
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 4 cups water
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Sauté the onion and garlic in the coconut oil in a large pot.
- Add the water, spices, and broccoli.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes or 2 hours for increased flavor.
- Puree the soup and blend in the coconut milk.
- Serve hot.