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Broccoli may be dubbed the ultimate ‘green machine’. Indeed, this cruciferous powerhouse has a whole lot of natural ammo

Firstly, broccoli contains a compound called indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which is derived from a type of phytochemical present in all cruciferous vegetables that becomes active when we chop or chew them. This compound helps to support detoxification pathways in the liver and may have beneficial e.ects on hormone balancing. Chewing broccoli also releases sulforaphane, which gives it that distinct ‘sulphurous’ taste and smell, that supports healthy cell turnover, including arresting the development of what could turn into potentially unhealthy cells. If that wasn’t amazing enough, broccoli is also a massive boost for our gut since it contains plenty of fibre, which is welcome news for our gut microbes as they love the stu…Additionally, some of the active chemical antioxidant compounds mentioned above also support a healthy microbiome.

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