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Broccoli

First cultivated by the Romans, broccoli is related to the cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprout. Broccoli sprouts contain high amounts of active parts called ‘sulphoraphanes’. These act as indirect antioxidants, boosting what are called ‘phase 2 detoxification enzymes’, which trigger antioxidant activity throughout the body. Indirect antioxidants last longer in the body than direct antioxidants. Sulphoraphane levels drop as the broccoli plant grows older. Three-day old broccoli sprouts contain 20 to 50 times more sulphoraphanes than the mature cooked vegetable. Broccoli supplements should be free from goitrens.

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