Eat More Broccoli to Build Muscle

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Nov 20, 2014

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You must consider making broccoli a part of your diet as the crucifer can make your health soar. It renders several benefits, from boosting immunity to strengthening bones and muscles.
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    Broccoli:Muscle-building Food

    Broccoli may not be among your favourite foods or it may not be best known for building muscles, but you should consider making it a part of your diet. The cruciferous veggie can make your health soar by rendering several benefits from boosting immunity to strengthening your skeleton and joints. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Low-carb Vegetable

    Broccoli is rich in dozens of nutrients, but is better known for its low carbohydrate content. It has only 1.1 grams of net carbohydrate per 100g. So, you can fill your plate with broccoli and make it tasteful with butter or cheese, without worrying about the calories in the latter. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Detoxifies System

    The green vegetable has a strong, positive impact on our body's detoxification system because of the presence of phytonutrients (glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian and glucobrassicin). The combination aids the body's detox process including activation, neutralization and elimination of unwanted contaminants. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Full of Antioxidants

    Broccoli contains several unique antioxidants and compounds that can help to improve your health in a variety of ways, and also minimize the negative effects of estrogen on your muscle-building goals. Indole-3-carbinol and D-glucaric acid are the two other nutrients found in cruciferous vegetables that aid draining of toxins from your body. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Keeps Metabolism in Balance

    The large supplemental doses of vitamin D keep our vitamin D metabolism in balance. Vitamin D in combination with vitamin A and vitamin K is an ideal food to include in your diet to keep metabolism in check. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Cell Repair

    Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are known to boost DNA repair in cells and also keep them from becoming cancerous. Moreover, the veggie has folate that helps in the production and maintenance of new cells. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Keeps RBCs Healthy

    You will be surprised to know that broccoli contains more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C fights infections and keeps red blood cells healthy, keeping illnesses away. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Contains Calcium in Plenty

    You may think about milk to be the best source of calcium, but broccoli contains as much calcium as a glass of milk. Above that, there are other nutrients too that milk doesn’t have. Calcium is known to keep your heart beating regularly and promotes sleep. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    Excellent Source of Iron

    Iron is necessary in a diet for the formation of haemoglobin. Therefore, you need the nutrient for normal blood formation and oxygen transportation around the body. If your body is low in iron, you will feel fatigued and won’t be able to workout. Broccoli can add iron to your diet in sufficient amounts. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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    High in Vitamin K

    Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin K, which is one of the needed nutrients to coagulate blood and to maintain proper bone density. If you are low in this nutrient, you could be suffering from a medical condition. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

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