It is not pleasant and many suffer in silence. However did you know that something as simple as broccoli rabe, which is also known as rapini can help clear things up?

Broccoli rabe is slightly bitter in taste. Bitter is the flavour of the Heart in TICM and bitter supports the Heart. Why treat the Heart? Because the Heart and Uterus are connected like everything else in TICM. I shall do another post on the Heart and Uterus connection.

Broccoli rabe is packed with potassium, iron and calcium, dietary fibre and as well as vitamins A, B, C, K, magnesium, zinc and even some omega 3 fatty acid, contains powerful cancer fighting phytochemicals called indole-3-carbonol (I3C).

A study in Japan reported that foods rich in I3C, kills candida albicans, the yeast strain that often overgrowth when we take anti-biotics. Beside that, broccoli rabe has a lot more benefits that you want to include it in your diets, such as:

Cancer prevention properties:

Broccoli rabe contains powerful cancer fighting phytochemicals called indole-3-carbonol (I3C). I3C helps prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals, also maintains a healthy hormonal balance for both men and women.

Protect eyes:

Broccoli rabe also contains lutein, which is an anti-oxidant that protects the retinas of your eyes from damage caused by free radicals and may slow down the onset of macular degeneration.


It is one of the many cruciferous vegetables that contain sulfur. Sulfur contains a specific compound called methyl solfonyl methane (MSM) that assists detoxification of the liver. MSM reduces inflammation in arthritis.

Strong bones:

Broccoli rabe has bone strengthening properties are the

outcome of its vitamin K content. One half cup serving contains 169 micrograms of vitamin K1, a daily dose enough to keep your bones from thinning. A study of 72,327 nurses found that those consuming 109 mcg of vitamin K1 a day had a lower risk of hip fracture over a 10 year period.

Heart health:

Lowers the risk of heart disease hypertension, and strokes, it contains strong anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as folate and vitamin C. Both nutrients reduce homocysteine, a type of amino acid that can damage the arteries causing coronary heart disease.

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