University of Illinois is researching broccoli to find the type with the highest antioxidant levels. This superfood reduces inflammation throughout the body. Cooked or raw you can lower your risk for coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and several types of cancer. We need superfood antioxidants from our diet because we do not make them ourselves. In our experience, gum disease improves with a diet rich in veggies.