Broccoli is so common that it's easy to forget what a nutritional powerhouse it is. It's hard to find a more nutritious vegetable.
Broccoli is a close relative to Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage.
Broccoli is high in sulforophane, a sulfur-containing compound present in cruciferous vegetables. Sulforophane has anti-cancer properties and may promote the elimination of potential carcinogens from the body. It's high in fiber and low in calories.
A cup of cooked broccoli offers as much Vitamin C as an orange, and is very rich in beta carotene. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K, A, and C, in addition potassium, folate, and lutein.