Sweet (Gan) and pungent flavor, neutral thermal nature. Acts on Lungs, Liver and Large Intestine meridians.
Broccoli contains ß-carotene and glutathione that fights against cancer. It adds brilliance to the skin and defies aging on cellular level. Its chlorophyll helps prevent arteriosclerosis. Broccoli also contains vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K (enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower), and fiber. One cup of broccoli provides 150 percent of daily vitamin C and 20 percent of fiber required .Contains beneficial amounts of phytochemicals that repair the DNA, block the development of cancer cells and support the immune system due to their antiviral, antibacterial and anticancer properties. Broccoli has been proven to prevent the development of prostate cancer as well. It is one of the best brain foods for the high amount of vitamin K and choline, it will help keep your memory sharp broccoli. Broccoli is high in compounds called glucosinolates, it can slow the breakdown of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, which we need for the central nervous system to perform properly and to keep our brains and our memories sharp. Low levels of acetylcholine are associated with Alzheimer’s
Clinical Usage and Indications:
- Promotes purgation by moistening dryness and nourishing the intestines. Dry stool or constipation of weak constitution, old aged or due to Intestinal dryness. Blanch broccoli and eat around 250 g a day
- Clears heat, relieving restlessness. Promotes reproduction of body fluids and stop thirst
- Tonifies liver and promote eyesight. Dizziness, blurred vision due to Liver Heat or Liver Yin deficiency
- Cools Blood and purifies it, on epistaxis and hemafecia take 250 g broccoli and make a soup. Cook only 2 – 3 minutes
- Prevents anemia, and arteriosclerosis and osteoarthritis
Directions: Eat steamed, roasted, stir-fried, or raw. Do not overcook broccoli, though Sulforaphane (Sulforaphane is a molecule within the isothiocyanate group of organosulfur compounds. It exhibits anticancer and antimicrobial properties in experimental models) is heat resistant, only one-third of its vitamin C is left when it is subject to strong heat.
Precautions: Hemophilia patients and those with blood clotting or bleeding disorders should not eat it broccoli.
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