Broccoli is often overlooked as a superfood, but these little tree-shaped florets are packed with vitamins and nutrients. Broccoli can help regulate blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and manage diabetes.

It also contains the phytochemical sulforaphane, which can help prevent cancer.

Most scientific studies have concentrated on the florets, but the leaves and stems have also been found to contain high levels of antioxidant phenols, so don’t throw them away.

Here are 8 positive ways in which broccoli can benefit your body:

1. Helps prevent cancer