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Posted Sep 13 2008 11:46pm

Broccoli contains twice the vitamin C of an orange .
It has almost as much calcium as whole milk--and the calcium is better absorbed .
It contains selenium, a mineral that has been found to have anti-cancer and anti-viral properties .
Broccoli is a modest source of vitamin A and alpha-tocopherol vitamin E
It also has antioxidant properties.
1/2 cup of broccoli, 27 calories:
Vitamin A 31%
Vitamin C 84%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3%
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%

Sat. Fat 0.0 g 0%

Cholesterol 0 mg 0%

Sodium 10 mg 0%

Total Carbs. 2.1 g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g 3%
Sugars 0.5 g

Protein 0.9 g
Broccoli is also packed with vitamin A, beta carotene, B vitamins especially B3 and B5, folic acid, phosphorus, potassium, iron, chromium, which is an easily absorbed form of calcium, zinc and lots of fiber.

It's also loaded with carotenoids - antioxidants that are thought to help with weight loss.

The most important health benefits of eating broccoli on a regular basis are:

A lowered risk of heart disease, stroke and cataracts

Possible protection against cancer. Broccoli is one of the richest sources of anti-oxidants and contains sulforaphane, phen-ethylisothiocyanate and chlorophyll. It also contains sulforaphane, which the bacteria helicobacter pylori bacteria, – bacteria that can cause stomach cancer
Sufficient iron and folic acid intake that can correct and prevent anaemia.

Lowered cholesterol because of the high fibre content.

Antiviral, anti-ulcer activity.

Possible suppression of breast cancer. Broccoli speeds up the removal of oestrogen from the body.
So Broccoli is a super food. Include more broccoli in your diet.It'll make you strong and fit and prevent you from diseases.
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