Mental Health Benefits
Broccoli is a green vegetable that vaguely resembles a miniature tree. It belongs to the plant species known as Brassica oleracea. It’s closely related to cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower — all edible plants collectively referred to as cruciferous vegetables.
One cup of raw broccoli contains 116% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K.
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin mostly known for its role in helping blood to clot. Recently, it has been identified as being a key anti-aging vitamin helping to keep certain kinds of cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis at bay.
There is also some evidence that in addition to these anti-aging health benefits, vitamin K can help to prevent Alzheimer’s. One of the major functions of vitamin K is to regulate calcium in bones and in the brain.
A study from the University of North Carolina, suggests that those with low levels of vitamin K have dysregulated calcium in their brains that causes some of the damage done to the brain in Alzheimer’s. Another study showed the importance of vitamin K in brain health by assessing the dietary intakes of patients with early stage Alzheimer’s. They found that the diagnosed patients consumed considerably less vitamin K than the control group.
Cream of Broccoli Soup
½ Cup Margarine
1 each Chopped onion
1 – 16oz Package frozen chopped broccoli
Chicken broth to cover
1 lb. Cheese (cubed or shredded)
2 Cups Milk
1 Tbsp. Garlic powder
2/3 Cup Cornstarch
1 Cup Water
- In a stockpot, melt margarine over medium heat. Cook onion in margarine until softened. Stir in broccoli, and cover with chicken broth. Simmer until broccoli is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Reduce heat, and stir in cheese cubes until melted. Mix in milk and garlic powder.
- In a small bowl, stir cornstarch into water until dissolved. Stir into soup; cook, stirring frequently, until thick.