Broccoli is one of the most popular vegetables all over the world and it is used in a variety of dishes and cuisines. It has been a staple in bodybuilding diets for obvious reasons: it’s low carb, rich in fiber and antioxidants.
Broccoli can also be called “a natural defender” of testosterone because it’s loaded with phytochemicals known as indoles ( indole-3-carbinol -I3C ).
This chemical actually helps decrease the estrogen by helping the body convert it to a different or safer form. And since estrogen competes with testosterone for bodily receptor sites, reducing it is a major key to raising and maintaining testosterone levels.
The presence of vitamin C, sulfur and certain amino acids make broccoli a very good detoxifier. It helps eliminate free radicals and toxins like uric acid from the body.
Broccoli is also is high in calcium. Healthy calcium levels are essential for suppressing calcitriol – a hormone that causes the body to produce fat and inhibit fat breakdown.
Other health benefits include:
-Boosting the immune system
This vegetable can be eaten raw or cooked, but the best way is to steam them, because that way it gets softer while preserving the nutrients in it.