Broccoli is of great importance from a nutritional point of view, as it contains a high amount of vitamins (vitamin A, beta-carotene, niacin, vitamin B1, B2, B6, E, folic acid and vitamin C). In fact, it is considered the great super vegetable due to the number of nutrients it provides.
Its high antioxidant power is mainly due to beta-carotenes, isocyanates and vitamin C. All of them are antioxidants that protect us against free radicals, which cause aging processes.
Its intense green color is an indicator of its high content of provitamin A (mainly in the form of beta-carotenes), which strengthens our immune system. In broccoli, beta-carotene is mainly stored in the florets.
In addition, it provides high amounts of vitamin C, to the point that a 200 g serving contains more than three times the daily recommendations for vitamin C. Vitamin C has antiviral power and improves cardiovascular health.
It also contains lutein, an antioxidant important for eye health, and a large amount of glucosinolates, which is why it has anti-cancer effects.