Broccoli contains a great deal of Vitamin C, essential for good overall health.

This vegetable also helps the body absorb iron, crucial for the healthy working of cells in the body.

It is considered to prevent cataracts, as well as to keep colds at bay.

Broccoli contains a high level of folic acid which helps women maintain normal tissue growth. Therefore, it is a crucial food for pregnant mothers.

The high potassium levels in broccoli can reduce high blood pressure, with high levels of calcium combating osteoporosis.

Broccoli is rich in fibre which assists the effective functioning of the gastrointestinal tract function as well as lowering cholesterol.

Recently broccoli has been promoted as healthy due to three things found in it; indole-3-carbinol, which prevents hormone-related cancers, like prostate and breast cancer.

It is also considered to help keep diabetes, colonic cancer, stomach cancer, lung cancer, heart disease and arthritis at bay.