Calabrese (broccoli) contains a compound that can help fight against the bacteria that causes peptic ulcers. It has also been shown in studies to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and is being studied (along with cauliflower and cabbage) for its role in cancer prevention. It's also delicious raw or lightly steamed!
Broccoli is an excellent source of immune-supportive vitamin C, anti-inflammatory vitamin K, free-radical-scavenging vitamin A (through its concentration of carotenoid phytonutrients), heart-healthy folate, and digestive-health-supporting fibre. It is a very good source of enzyme-activating manganese; muscular-system-supporting potassium, protein, and magnesium; energy-producing vitamin B2, vitamin B6, and phosphorus; and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, it is a good source of energy-producing vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, and iron; bone-healthy calcium; and immune-supportive zinc and vitamin E
Broccoli is also concentrated in phytonutrients. In one particular phytonutrient category-glucosinolates-broccoli is simply outstanding. The isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from broccoli's glucosinolates are the key to broccoli's cancer-preventive benefits.