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    Broccoli florets

    Broccoli is a cool-season crop that, like spinach, can be grown in the spring or fall. In fact, you may be able to get a continual harvest throughout both seasons if you time planting correctly. A member of the cabbage family, broccoli is rich in vitamins. Broccoli has been called a miracle food.

    It is thought that increasing broccoli in your diet may help to slow down and even prevent osteoarthritis. Sulforaphane in broccoli has also been shown to kill cancer stem cells, thereby striking to the root of tumor growth. Sulforaphane in broccoli may also significantly improve your blood pressure and kidney function. Eating vegetables that contain sulforaphane, such as broccoli, could quite literally slow down the hands of time.

    Beta-carotene and vitamin C, present in abundance in broccoli, are important antioxidants that have been linked to a reduced risk of numerous conditions, including cataracts, heart disease, and several cancers.

    Broccoli has some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in broccoli do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they've been steamed. Broccoli can help you overcome vitamin D deficiency.