Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family which includes cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and kale. Broccoli is a very popular vegetable and for good reason - its hearty, versatile, and loaded with important nutrients!
Broccoli contains folate, potassium, manganese, iron and vitamins C & K. In fact, 1 cup of broccoli offers more than 100% of your daily needs for both vitamin C and Vitamin K. Therefore, broccoli is a great choice for strengthening your immune system, supporting wound healing, improving the appearance of your skin and promoting blood health.
It is also loaded with powerful plant compounds (antioxidants) such as sulforaphane.
Sulforaphane is the most prominent antioxidant in broccoli. It is responsible for the distinct taste of the florets and may offer protection from several types of cancer. Other potent antioxidants found in broccoli include support eye health, protect against inflammation and allergies, and support a healthy heart. Whether you choose to enjoy it cooked or raw, broccoli should definitely make its way to your plate!