In addition to being loaded with vitamins and minerals, broccoli can also help lower cholesterol and aid the body in detoxing, and it contains a flavonoid with a unique anti-inflammatory effect, according to The George Mateljan Foundation. Broccoli retains most of its nutritional benefits when steamed.
The flavonoid in broccoli, kaempferol, is useful for helping alleviate the impact of allergens and related substances on the body, reports The George Mateljan Foundation. Kaempferol gives broccoli a place in hypoallergenic diets, imbuing it with a unique anti-inflammatory benefit. Inflammation is a beneficial process, but chronic inflammation can be harmful and is sometimes triggered by allergens.
Broccoli is also a rich source of vitamin C, states The George Mateljan Foundation. The vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and carotenoids combine to lower or reduce oxidative stress on the body, which impacts not only chronic inflammation but the risk of cancer. The three risks of cancer development are chronic inflammation, oxidative stress and inadequate detoxification; broccoli tackles all three health problems, making it a unique cancer-decreasing addition to the diet. Roughly half a cup of broccoli each day is sufficient to see some benefit, but 1.6 cups daily is the recommended amount. Broccoli also has 1 gram of fiber per 10 calories, which is the reason behind its support for the digestive system.