Broccoli is definitely a superfood in the world of green vegetables. When our mothers told us to "eat your broccoli, it's good for you" , they were 100% correct.
Extensive scientific research, initially at John's Hopkins University, into the health benefits of cruciferous vegetables and in particular broccoli suggests a number of health benefits in the protection against numerous diseases.
A member of the brassica vegetable family, broccoli is believed to be the most potent source of Glucosinolates - modified amino acids, containing an N-sulfate and an S-glucose moiety. The most common glucosinolate found in broccoli is glucoraphanin known for its effectiveness in kick-starting the body's defence mechanism by producing Sulforaphanes once ingested.
Phytonutrients are widely recognised for their work as anti oxidants disarming free radicals. Recent research however is revealing that the phytonutrient in broccoli - sulforaphane - works at another level to stimulate cells to produce cancer-fighting enzymes.
This natural nutrient super food is a rich source of Vitamins A, B6, C, E, K, along with folate, fibre, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.