Broccoli has strong anti-cancer properties. Eating it raw is the best. Cooking in a pressure cooker seems to be the best way to cook it because this cuts down on the
cooking time. Second seems to be steaming. Steamed broccoli only lost 11% of its nutrients as opposed to a 97% loss when microwaved. It has relatively high levels of Vitamin C and Beta Carotene, as well as antioxidants. Indole-3-carbinol has captured the attention of those looking to prevent hormone-related cancers, such as breast- and prostate cancer. The health benefits of broccoli have been linked to preventing and controlling the following medical concerns: Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, calcium deficiencies, stomach and colon cancer, malignant tumors, lung cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and even the aging process. Broccoli is rich in chromium, which is known to help diabetics with blood sugar control. The carotenoid lutein found in broccoli may prevent the thickening of the arteries in the heart, thus reduce the risk of heart disease, particularly stroke. The broccoli sprouts seem to have even more health protection benefits.
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