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The Original Superfood

The Original Superfood

Before there were Goji berries and Acai and Quinoa and whatever other over hyped rubbish you can think of, there was…broccoli

I have said before that the internet is good for misinformation. In the case of superfoods, they are great for snake oil salesmen. Hype, hype,hype. Create a market for a previously unknown product and sell it at an extortionate price, and by the the time the suckers realise that it is over hyped, you are onto your next scam.

Why does it work? Well because of human nature. People are lazy, and want to believe that they can get what they want without working for it.

“I’ve tried everything to lose weight and nothing works (everything that is apart from changing eating habits and exercising). What everything really means is every lotion and potion that the snake oil salesman has prescribed.

Anyway, onto a real superfood, one that is completely under hyped.. broccoli. Why is it under hyped? Well for obvious reasons. A snake oil salesman can’t make a million bucks out of something that sells for a couple of dollars a kilo at the green grocers can they?

Why is it a superfood?

Well, it’s your basic high fibre food, which is always a good start. But there are lots of those, so it has to have some kind of special property to put it above the rest.

Like every food that people claim are the latest superfood, it is claimed to prevent cancer. I really don’t know if this is true or not. I usually take such claims with a grain of salt. However I must say on researching this article, there are a lot of people making this claim.

Then there are many other claims. Lower cholesterol? Yes it’s a pretty standard thing for high fibre food to lower cholesterol. Nothing exciting here.

What else? Lower blood pressure apparently and also prevent heart disease.

Anti inflammatory? Apparently yes. Having done a lot of digging into what is the root of good health I have found that there are many people who are of the opinion that inflammation is at the root of all ill health. I agree with them. Control inflammation and you have gone a long way to ensuring great health.

But, as always, I look for the one key thing that makes something of great value. The one thing that is more important than everything else.

In Broccoli’s case the most important things is the presence of a compound known as sulforaphane. One of the big things this does is switch off the arthritis gene. Three to 5 serves of Broccoli a week can help prevent arthritis developing, or if you have it already, slow the progress of the disease and maybe even help repair arthritis damage. This to me is a godsend, considering that like everyone else who has led an active life I have a few aches and pains here and there.

So next time you think you should go all new age and get yourself a kale and quinoa salad, go old school instead and put some broccoli on your plate.

Image Source: Taken byfir0002 | 20D + Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 – Own work, GFDL 1.2,

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