Whether you savour its favour or only tolerate it when covered in gravy on your Sunday lunch, love it or hate it, there is no denying that broccoli in all its green glory certainly packs a punch when it comes to its health properties.
It’s fair to say it has some pretty impressive benefits for all aspects of our physical wellbeing, but in particular our eye health. It is packed with zeaxanthin and lutein, two of the best nutrients for your eyes, due to their ability to prevent oxidation of the retina and deterioration that occurs with age.
Like the almighty broccoli, most dark green vegetables are a great source of lutein, so things like spinach, kale, zucchini and sprouts are other great sources.
Broccoli also hosts the antioxidant sulforaphane, that can help to prevent blindness, it does this by supporting the filtering process that filters out ultraviolet light than can damage the retina. It’s also full of handy eye boosting vitamins, like vitamin B2, a deficiency in which can make your eyes sensitive to light, resulting in fatigue and fuzzy vision. It also contains beta-carotene, which the body turns into vitamin A, which again is vital to eye health. Vitamin A allows your eyes to adjust to dim lighting and see in the dark, from just a 1-cup serving of broccoli, you get 50% of the Vitamin A intake your eyes need. Also a great source of vitamin C, this will help to protect the structure of the capillaries and tissues of your eyes, it also acts as an antioxidant, that will protect your eyes from any light damage, a diet high in vitamin C may help prevent cataracts forming.
Whether you choose to eat it as a side dish, or perhaps to snack on with some dip, ensure you do not over cook it in order to ensure all these important nutrients are kept intact.
Here are some of our favourite broccoli recipes for you got try, if you give them a whirl or create some broccoli based dishes of your own, we would love to see your pictures, tag us on Facebook.