These tiny edible trees are packed full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. While they’re notorious for being avoided by kids all around the world, they’re well worth nibbling on. Here are some of the health benefits of broccoli.

May reduce inflammation

Broccoli contains numerous bioactive compounds that are known to reduce inflammation in the body.

May protect against cancer

The bioactive compounds in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli may reduce cell damage caused by some chronic diseases. Therefore, eating broccoli may protect against breast, prostate, stomach, colorectal, kidney, and bladder cancer.

May support heart health

One study noticed that people who were treated with a powdered broccoli sprout supplement had significantly reduced triglycerides and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. The antioxidants in broccoli may also reduce your overall risk of heart attack.

Promotes healthy digestion

Because broccoli is rich in fiber and antioxidants, it may support healthy bowel function and digestive health.

May promote healthy bones and joints

Many nutrients found in broccoli, such as vitamin A, C, and K, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc are necessary for maintaining strong bones.

In conclusion, broccoli is well worth eating more of! Why not incorporate it into pasta, quiche, stir fries, curry, or salads? You can even chop them finely and ‘hide’ them in pasta sauce, muffins or sausage rolls.