Broccoli contains high doses of potassium (about 300mg in 100g broccoli), and thus helps in regulating blood pressure.
80g of broccoli contain the recommended daily dose of vitamin C.
The high amounts of potassium not only protect the cardiovascular system, but they also maintain the nervous system and provide optimum working of the brain, and also support the proper muscle development.
Broccoli contains high doses of Calcium and vitamin K, which are responsible for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.
With the high doses of beta-carotene and trace minerals of zinc and selenium, broccoli strengthens the immune system.
In the last 25 years, there have been rapid investigations on the effects of the numerous antioxidants and anti-carcinogens like the glucoraphanin and indole-3-karbinol. It has been proven that these substances help in ulcer and gastric cancer prevention. They slow the growth of breast cancer, cervical and prostate cancer and they also strengthen the function of the liver.
Helps in digestion
Broccoli is rich in fibers which help digestion, prevent constipation, and reduce blood sugar levels.
Studies have shown that the substance carotenoid lutein, contained in broccoli, helps against the vision loss that comes with old age, and it also has anti-carcinogenic effects.
The same carotenoid lutein that improves the eyesight also reduces and prevents the thickening of artery walls, thus fighting against heart attack and heart disease. Vitamin B6 and Folate also help in this process.
Broccoli promotes the regeneration of skin and affects its detoxification.