Can’t Get Enough Kale!
Kale is a superfood that has flown to the top of everyone’s shopping list in recent years for its low calorie – high fiber – zero fat content. Regular servings help with digestion and overall health due to the large variety of nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium within. See all there is to know about this health food here!
What Is It?
This cruciferous leaf cabbage has green or purple leaves. It is more closely related to wild cabbage than other cabbages from the Brassica oleracea family. It is related to other fibrous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens and brussels sprouts. The kale growing season is anytime from early spring to early summer when it is then harvested from fall until the ground freezes in winter. It actually tastes sweeter with a touch of frost! You have most likely seen kale used in salads or as a garnish.
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Among The Most Nutrient Dense Foods On The Planet
Kale is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, and copper; a very good source of vitamin B6, fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin B2; and a good source of iron, magnesium vitamin B1, omega-3 fats, phosphorus, protein, folate, and vitamin B3. Eating more kale is a great way to increase the total nutrient content of your diet for better health overall!
Like other leafy greens, kale is rich in antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C as well as various flavonoids & polyphenols. These antioxidants help prevent oxidative cellular damage caused by free radicals, so the more antioxidants the better! Other flavonoids, like quercetin and kaempferol, help with blood flow and heart health.
Kale is much higher in Vitamin C (the most popular antioxidant) than other foods. 1 cup of kale contains more vitamin C than a whole orange!
It’s a Mineral Goldmine
Kale has many minerals that many people don’t get enough of in their regular diet. It is a great source of plant-based calcium for bone health, magnesium for a healthy heart and regulation of blood sugar and potassium which helps control an even release of energy over time.
It Help Lowers Cholesterol
Studies have found that a daily consumption of kale juice for 12 weeks increased HDL “good” cholesterol by 27% and lowered LDL by 10%! This works by kale binding bile acids from the liver to lower cholesterol levels in the body. In fact, steamed kale is 43% as potent as cholestyramine, a cholesterol lowering drug!
Full of Vitamin K
Vitamin K1 is critical to support healthy blood clotting by activating proteins so they can bind calcium. 1 cup of raw kale has 7 times the recommended daily amount!
Kale Has Cancer Fighters
There are numerous compounds in kale that have protective effects against cancer. Sulforaphane, one of these compounds, has shown itself to help fight the formation of cancer at a molecular level. There is also indole-3-carbinol, among the numerous nutrients and antioxidants, that are believed to help prevent cancer.
Good For Your Eyes
As we age eyesight tends to lose its accuracy – but there are multiple nutrients in the diet that can help prevent this. Kale has both lutein and zeaxanthin, 2 nutrients found in large amounts that help lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Working Kale Into Your Diet
Due to its recent popularity there are many new and exciting way to get more kale in your life!
For the most part, kale can be used very similarly to spinach. Check out these awesome recipes for some sweet ways to enjoy the many benefits of kale!
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March 3, 2017