Broccoli is high in phytochemicals, including sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol, which may detoxify cancer-causing substances before they act.

In women, indole-3-carbinol may turn the estrogen associated with breast cancer into a more benign form. Studies link regular consumption of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli to a reduced risk of breast, colon and stomach cancers.

Broccoli is a excellent source of beta-carotene, fiber and vitamin C (1 cup contains more C than an orange).

Nutrients of cruciferous are best obtained by cooking light and chewing well.

Options instead of broccoli are brussels sprouts, cabbage and bok choy.

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