Home > Diet and nutrition > Healthy Food > Vegetables Updated 27 February 2013 Broccoli Broccoli has many benefits as it both builds health and has the potential to prevent cancer. 0 Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » Broccoli has many benefits as it both builds health and has the potential to prevent cancer. It also helps to lower the risk of stroke and heart diseases and may reduce the risk of cataracts as well. It is rich in nutrients, helps fight anaemia and also lessens the risk of spina bifida. Broccoli activates the body's own detoxifying enzyme systems. Broccoli should only be boiled or steamed very briefly, otherwise it can lose a major portion of its beneficial components.This vegetable is low in calories and can be eaten freely. 170g a day provides over half the daily recommended intake of folate. Calories 33 Beta-carotene 575 mcg Calcium 56 mg Iron 1,7 mg Folate 90 mcg Vitamin C 87 mg Vitamin E 1,3mg Zinc 0,6mg Per 100g raw More in Diet and nutrition Are you eating enough 'powerhouse' vegetables? More: Healthy FoodVegetables advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.