Late Fall marks the height of broccoli season, and not just at the farmer’s market. Thanks to a few new launches in the beauty world—not to mention a runway moment at New York Fashion Week—broccoli is having a full-on style moment.
That’s good news for your body and your beauty routine, because broccoli has 360º wellness powers that can help our hearts, our immune systems, our gut health, our skin, and our hair. (It is also fabulous with a miso glaze.)
BROCCOLI IN THE BODY
This cruciferous (read: deep green and crunchy) vegetable is known for its megaload of sulforaphane, a natural plant compound that’s been linked to better heart health and a reduced risk of cancer.
Broccoli is also packed with iron, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin K, along with more protein than most vegetables. Adding broccoli, or an approved broccoli-based supplement, to your diet can deliver crucial nutrients to your system. (A new study shows it could even help your body heal faster from infection.)
To get the most nutrients out of your broccoli, eat it raw or lightly cooked to preserve its nutrients. The general rule is, to preserve broccoli’s benefits, it should still have a good crunch! or snap! once it’s on your plate.
BROCCOLI ON THE BODY
In recent months, broccoli has become a hero ingredient in premium skin and haircare products. Besides being super-rich in antioxidants, broccoli extracts are loaded with omega fatty acids to help lock in moisture, and Vitamin A—aka “nature’s retinol”—to help repair fine lines. Plus, the sulforaphane in broccoli can ease irritation and inflammation.
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