Brocolli is packed with a wide range of minerals and vitamins
Brocolli is another vegetable that is jam packed with goodness. It contains a wide range of minerals and vitamins, most noticeably Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Lutein, a carotenoid that works like beta-carotene. It also contains a compound called Sulforaphane that has been shown to have some great health benefits. Some studies suggest that it may have anti-cancer effects, including some types of skin cancer.
Zinc is important for regulating inflammation, the production of new skin cells and overall healthy skin.
Lutein can help protect your skin from oxidative damage, which can cause skin to become dry and wrinkled.
As well as the potential anti-cancer benefits, Sulforaphane is also a powerful protective agent against sun damage. It works in by neutralizing harmful free radicals and by turning on other protective systems in the body.
In laboratory tests, Sulforaphane helped to reduce the number of skin cells killed by UV light by as much as 29%, with the protection lasting for up to 48 hours. Evidence also showed that it helps to maintain collagen levels in your skin.