1. It's rich in beta-carotene, a cancer fighter.
2. A cup of cooked broccoli contains as much calcium as 4 ounces of milk and 10 percent of a person's daily iron requirement.
3. It contains phytonutrients indoles and sulforaphanes, which studies published in Cancer and Carcinogenesis say help stymie the growth of cancer tumors and stimulate cells to produce cancer-fighting enzymes.
4. Broccoli has more vitamin C than oranges; a one-cup serving provides 135 percent of the daily recommended amount.
5. It has zero cholesterol, saturated fat and trans fat.
6. A cup of raw, chopped broccoli has only 24 calories.
7. Phytochemicals in broccoli boost enzymes that help detoxify the body and protect against cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and high blood pressure.