Boost Skin Health with Broccoli

by Matthew Jones
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Some foods contain particular compounds that can improve overall skin health and (over time) make your skin look and feel healthier. So, what’s the secret to having healthier, better-looking skin? Let’s take a look at how broccoli can boost skin health and find out some simple recipes to make it easy to have great skin.

Broccoli

Everybody knows that broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables that you can add to your diet. It is absolutely packed with excellent vitamins and minerals. More specifically, broccoli contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Zinc, all of which promote skin health. Like avocados and sweet potatoes, broccoli also protects the skin from the sun.

Excessive sun exposure is one of the leading causes of skin cancer, so eating enough broccoli is more critical than you may have realized. Sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli, has strong protective properties that can prevent UV rays from destroying skin cells the next time you go to the beach!

Weekly Broccoli Exfoliation

  • 1 Bunch of Broccoli
  • Organic Coconut Oil

Steps: Rinse thoroughly. Cut into large holdable sizes, leaving the stems as long as possible. Soften the coconut oil in the palms of your hands and apply to face. Then take the broccoli scrub brush and gently massage on face, neck, f, actually anywhere that needs exfoliating.

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Broccoli Moisturizer

  • 10 Small to Medium Broccoli Florets
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Water

Steps: Steam florets until softened. Combine all ingredients into a food processor and mix until completely smooth. You may need to adjust the amount of olive oil depending on the size of the florets, start small and add until the consistency is very smooth.

Bonus: Broccoli contains high levels of vitamins C and E. Vitamin C can aid collagen production. Vitamin E protects your skin membranes from free radicals like UV rays and air pollution.

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

  • 1 Head Organic Broccoli
  • 1 Pot of Water
  • 1/4 Cup Olive or Truffle Oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Kosher Salt and Pepper to Taste

Step One: Preheat oven to 400º F. Bring water to boil. Trim broccoli into florets and with a strainer dunk florets into hot water for a few seconds to bring out a lovely green color. Do not cook the broccoli in hot water. Simply remove quickly.

Step Two. In a bowl mix and add to coat the florets with oil (adjust the amount to match floret size) and garlic. Thoroughly coat broccoli florets.

Step Three: Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let bake approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until nicely toasted. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese and let melt, watch closely. Remove and serve.

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