Another entrant in our super-food series, Kale belongs to the cabbage family of greens. Holding its own in a league of other super healthy greens like broccoli and brussels sprouts, this super food is a nutrient powerhouse. Packed with all the right vitamins and minerals, this vegetable comes in different types, the purple leaves and the more common, green kale.
- Vitamin powerhouse: Kale contains multiple vitamins that aid in multiple functions of the human body. The vitamin C content is among the highest present in any single food item. It also has many other vitamins like vitamin C, K and vitamin A. All of these vitamins help your body with a variety of functions like your eyesight, synthesis of collagen and blood clotting.
- Antioxidants: Like other green leafy vegetables, this component is present in abundance. Anti-oxidants help slow down the aging process, and keep you healthy. They also have anti-depressant, anti-viral and keep your blood pressure under check among other benefits.
- Reduce Cholesterol: It is known to have nutrients that lower cholesterol levels.
- Helps with healing wounds: The vitamin K content in Kale helps with clotting of blood, which is necessary for any wounds to heal and recovery from injuries. One serving of Kale contains about 5 times the daily requirement for the average human body. Vitamin K also helps in keeping your bones healthy.
- Cancer-fighting compounds: Kale is known to have various cancer-fighting compounds that can not only fight, but also prevent cancer.
- Good for your Eyesight: Vitamin A is necessary for your eyesight, and is present in heaps in Kale. Vitamin A also helps prevent lung cancer and maintain oral health. Additionally, it also has specific nutrients that help slow down the impact of ageing on the eyesight.
- Weight loss: Kale has a very low calorie count, but keeps you full for long. This ultimately prevents you from snacking in-between meals and keeps your calorie intake in check. The fiber content also helps keep your bowel movements regular and functional.
- Minerals: Kale contains minerals like calcium and iron. Calcium is necessary for good bone health and enables the body to absorb protein from other foods. As the body does not naturally produce calcium, it is a very important component of the diet.
- Anti-inflammatory compounds: Kale also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help the body fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders. Omega-3 fatty acids also help brain functions and keep Alzheimer’s at bay.
- Detox: Kale serves as a very useful food for flushing out the toxins from your body. It has sulfur and fiber that help your body heal and stay clean.
You can add Kale to your diet as part of a salad or even have it as a smoothie. Also check out these amazing recipes using Kale from Health.com
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