Today is National Kale Day and is just wouldn’t be right of us to write about anything else but Kale in this week’s health tip. Blended in a smoothie, massaged with miso dressing in a salad or lightly blanched in a soup, I honestly wouldn’t last a week without a heaping dose of kale.
Here are the top 10 reasons why we should HAIL KALE:
1.Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
2. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
3. Kale is high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the most important factors in health, staying young and having a strong immune system. It helps convert cholesterol into adrenal hormones (You heard it. Vitamin C actually breaks down cholesterol!) And a lack of vitamin C could lead to wrinkles, heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure and even male infertility. So eat your kale and increase your intake of natural vitamin C!
4. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease as well as possibly even prevent Alzheimer’s from forming in the first place.
5. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels. Remember, vitamin C breaks down cholesterol!
7. Kale is high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.
8. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility
9. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
10. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also loaded with nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium.
But like all leafy greens, the real magic is when you mix them with other varieties in order to ensure you are getting a wide variety of nutrients and micronutrients.
How do you like to eat your kale? Let us know!
Happy National Kale Day!
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