A well loved and common green vegetable, which can be harvested up until late autumn.
There are a few varieties, such as Calabrese (big green common one), and the more ‘trendy’ purple sprouting broccoli, which is considered superior in flavour to the Calabrese. There are also varying types and colours of pointed broccoli too.
It is best eaten steamed but can also be simmered until soft, which is best if you tend to experience fullness, bloating, or changing stools.
If you suffer with Thyroid issues you should avoid raw broccoli (or any other raw green vegetables as they will further disrupt the Thyroid function. Avoid smoothies or juices with these ☺ )
Broccoli soup is a great autumn comfort food, and much better for you than a smoothie!
Broccoli is a great source of:
- Vitamin K: which aids in blood clotting
- Vitamin C: builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. It is a powerful anti-oxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals – particularly good for egg and sperm health DNA health.
- Folate: one of the B-vitamins needed to make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow; convert carbohydrates into energy; and produce DNA and RNA for healthy eggs and sperm – and a healthy baby.
- Potassium: an electrolyte that counteracts the effects of sodium (salt), helping to maintain consistent blood pressure.
- Fibre: heart-health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and inflammation. Helps control blood sugar levels and cleanses waste from your intestines – including accumulated hormones.
Chinese medicine uses broccoli to:
- Nourish the blood
- Clear Heat
- Promotes urination
- Brighten the eyes
Broccoli is a vegetable which is extremely useful at various times of your cycle to support your fertility and promote a healthy cycle, and it’s also good for male fertility.
Nourishing the blood helps to improve the quality of the blood and this is important for all round health as well as your eggs and partners sperm.
Clearing heat is a property common to green vegetables, and it can be good immediately before the period if your stools become drier, or you develop some skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.
Promoting urination is helpful if there is too much fluid accumulation, such as cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, water retention, and swollen legs, ankles, or joints.
Broccoli is also useful to keep the fluids moving during ovulation, especially if you tend to bloat and have water retention at this stage of the cycle.
Because it is considered a good blood tonic it ‘brightens the eyes’ as blood takes nutrients to the eyes, which supports eye health and function.
Main Chinese Medicine Fertility Use:
Its main function is to ‘Nourish the Blood’, which means to improve the bloods nutritional quality, which is most important Post Period – due to the recent blood loss during menstruation.
Steamed, or made into soup (roast is also nice), are the best ways to eat it. Add some red meats, and other green leafy vegetables, and beetroot – and you have a superior blood nourishing meal!
Nourishing the Blood helps to regulate hormones and provide the nutrients that your egg cells require to develop and mature properly. It also supports endometrial growth and development.
In men, Nourishing the Blood helps provide the nutrients needed for overall sperm development.
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