Eating broccoli can lower the risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Bone Disease, help regulate Blood Pressure, and bolster the immune system, all of which are beneficial for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients. To boot, the nutrient rich vegetable is one of the easiest foods to locate, as most supermarkets offer a hearty supply of the vegetable all year round. The health benefits of broccoli along with its easy availability makes the "Super Vegetable" a great choice for people with CKD.
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According to research out of the Imperial College London, one cup of broccoli a day offers " protective measures for the heart, including preventing artery blockages." Broccoli contains a compound called, Sulforaphane, which is necessary to activate a protein that stops plague formation in the arteries as well as the anti-inflammatory nutrient, Isothiocyanates (ITCs). ITCs stop chronic inflammation within blood vessels which is responsible for the reduction of heart disease and stroke.
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Livestrong.com mentions that broccoli does contain some potassium, but for CKD patients it should " be consumed more often than those [other vegetables] high in potassium in order to keep potassium levels within a safe range." The potassium found in broccoli is just enough to battle high blood pressure, while calcium in the vegetable may help combat osteoporosis. The vegetable is also fiber-rich, which enhances the gastrointestinal tract, as well as reduces blood cholesterol levels.
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Additionally, the health benefits of broccoli have been linked to preventing and controlling the following medical concerns: Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, calcium deficiencies, stomach and colon cancer, malignant tumors, lung cancer, arthritis, and even the aging process. While the vegetable offers many health benefits for people with CKD, they should still discuss incorporating it into their diet in a measured way with the help of their Dietitian.
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