Banana Broccoli for Bones
I’m really tired just come home from FEED THE NEED , out feeding homeless project and having for first time a green smoothie for supper. This is a serious paradigm shift for us as we normally eat hot food in the evening in the winter. This smoothie is serious comfort food, those raw foodies have been keeping secret from us, the combination of banana, honey and broccoli is like cold ice-cream porridge, its really nice
· ½ bunch broccoli , stalk and all, washed and chopped
· 1-2 celery rib, washed and chopped
· 1 apple , washed chopped and cored
· 1/2 lemon with skin if unwaxed and clean from pesticide for really lemon taste, clean outside of lemon with vinegar and rinse
· 1 banana, washed and peeled
· 1-3 tsp raw honey (or to taste)
· 1 cup almond milk/brazil milk
· 1 cup coco nut water
· 1 heap teaspoon cinnamon
Put everything in the blender,.blitz and add coconut water at the end to thin and refresh
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We are going to focus on the health benefits of broccoli , its amazing , Alhamdulillah, praise God
It’s no coincidence that more than 300 research studies on broccoli have converged in one unique area of health science—the development of cancer—and its relationship to three metabolic problems in the body. Those three problems are (1) chronic inflammation (2) oxidative stress, and (3) inadequate detoxification. While these types of problems have yet to become part of the public health spotlight, they are essential to understanding broccoli’s unique health benefits. Over the past 10 years, research has made it clear that our risk of cancer in several different organ systems is related to the combination of these three problems.
This is what relates particularly to #BONES
Bone health: Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.
The following information on Broccoli and Bones is from Dr Axe.
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin K, calcium, magnesium and potassium, which are essential for healthy bones, nails and teeth. High levels of vitamin K and iron are vital for maintaining bone mineral density (in addition to having many other benefits like promoting blood health and boosting your energy levels).
Some even say that vitamin K builds bones better than calcium, and just one cup of broccoli provides over 270 percent of your daily vitamin K needs! There’s evidence in human intervention studies that vitamin K and vitamin D work together to positively impact bone metabolism and that a vitamin K deficiency or vitamin D deficiency increases risks for bone-related diseases. Vitamin K also positively affects calcium balance, a key mineral in bone metabolism. (6)
Calcium found in broccoli is also crucial for preventing calcium deficiency plus building and maintaining strong teeth and bones — especially into older age when people become more susceptible to bone breaks, fractures and bone density loss. If your body doesn’t get enough calcium, it steals calcium from your bones to help keep a steady amount in your blood, so including more broccoli in your diet is a natural osteoporosis treatment and prevention method.
A third area of increasing research interest involves the metabolism of vitamin D. Broccoli is not a source of this vitamin, but it is an excellent source of vitamin K and also of vitamin A (in one of its precursor forms, beta-carotene). Many individuals have large vitamin D deficiencies that cannot be remedied through diet alone, and these deficiencies require sizable amounts of vitamin D to be provided through dietary supplementation. When large supplemental doses of vitamin D are needed to offset deficiency, ample supplies of vitamin K and vitamin A appear to help keep our vitamin D metabolism in the proper balance. Assuring adequate intake of vitamins K and A alongside of vitamin D supplementation may turn out to be important in achieving optimal vitamin D supplementation results and avoiding potential problems related to supplementation. Broccoli may turn out to play a particularly helpful role in balancing this set of events by providing its unusually strong combination of both vitamin A and vitamin K. As mentioned earlier in this article, broccoli is our 16th best source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids) at WHFoods. It is also our 9th best source of vitamin K.
Above scientific information from The World’s Healthiest Foods