• Why Broccoli is Bodybuilding's Best Kept Secret

    [caption id="attachment_13811" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Broccoli A True Superfood[/caption] Some say that broccoli is the vegetable of builders. And if you're in the food court of any bodybuilding competition, you'll see why. It's a staple of any builder's plate - sometimes several times a day. Why is that? It's easy to cook, filling, and cheap. It's loaded with fiber and minerals. Broccoli is an excellent source of:
    • Vitamin K
    • Vitamin C
    • Chromium
    • Folate
    But what can broccoli do that makes it useful to builders? SUPERPOWERS OF IT 257-fight-cancer-preview
    • Lower Cholesterol: Fiber components found in steamed broccoli help lower cholesterol.
    • Detox: Special phytonutrients found in a special combination in broccoli support all steps in the body's detox process.
    • Anti-inflammatory/Hypoallergenic: Recent research has shown the ability of kaempferol, a flavonoid in broccoli, to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. This in turn helps lower the risk of chronic inflammation.
    • Cancer Prevention: The unique combination of pro-detoxification, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory components in broccoli make it a unique food in terms of cancer prevention. In fact, broccoli contains a special compound called indole-3 carbinol (I3C) that helps lower estrogen levels - thus reducing the risk of estrogen-sensitive cancers.
    • Burns Fat: I3C also helps burn fat. By suppressing estrogen, this compound helps the body become more efficient at burning fat
    • Florets should be compact and not bruised
    • Broccoli should be uniformly colored with no yellowing
    • There should be no yellow flowers blossoming through
    • Leaves should not be wilted
    • Stalks should be firm
    • Eat everything - stalks and leaves
    • Studies show that steaming broccoli for 5 minutes optimizes all nutrients available
    • Second best way to eat it is raw
    • Third best way is any way you can get it

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