If you’ve been wondering what that “other” green leafy vegetable is that looks sort of like lettuce but is not, it’s probably kale. Kale is a dark green member of the Brassica family of vegetables along with cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and collard greens. You could say Kale is the overachiever in the family because Kale packs in a ton more nutrients than its siblings. One cup exceeds the daily recommended value of Vitamins A, K and C, and is a healthy serving of Vitamin B6, copper, potassium, magnesium and manganese. It also contains some terrific antioxidants, essential fatty acids, protein and fiber.
Kale is an undeniable source of antioxidants that support the entire body. Kale beats out spinach in the ORAC test measurement of antioxidant concentration. These antioxidants – including vitamin C, carotenes, flavenoids and polyphenols – prove to be highly beneficial in many ways. First, antioxidants help neutralize and safe guard against free radicals that threaten cellular function and mutations. This line of defense works in conjunction with the body’s immune system to ward off infection and disease, particularly those associated with advanced age. Antioxidants also repair previously damaged cells to elevate the body’s capabilities. Other nutrients in Kale such as vitamin C also aid the immune system to strengthen cellular performance.
Additionally, Kale contains the antioxidants quercetin and kaempferol that help counteract inflammation, lower blood pressure levels and protect the heart. Furthermore, Kale contains many other heart-pumping nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron and fiber. Among other great disease-reducing benefits, potassium is known to decrease risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure when combined with a low sodium diet. Kale also contains bile acid sequestrants that help reduce LDL cholesterol levels and therefore lowers risk of heart disease.
Kale has a low oxalate content which makes it easily absorbable and bio-available. Low oxalation also means Kale helps other nutrients get absorbed into the body, such as calcium and iron. Kale is a low calorie food with 90 mg of fiber per serving. Most foods that offer such a high concentration of fiber are heavier, calorie-laden carbohydrates. This makes Kale a wonderful plant-based fiber alternative. Plus, fiber aids the digestive process and helps draw out impurities through normal waste channels and helps fill the body to remain satiated for longer without needed extra calories. A diet high in fiber helps balance blood sugar levels especially in those with type 2 diabetes. Moreover, Kale contains the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid that specifically helps reduce high blood glucose and insulin sensitivity in diabetics.
Kale is an excellent source of some nutrients that many of us struggle to achieve in our diets including as slew of minerals. Also, Kale is rich in vitamin K that works in conjunction with calcium to strengthen bones and teeth. Plus, the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin help prevent deterioration of vision and lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. And it’s a beauty booster too. Kale contains vitamins A and C that help cell turnover, manage sebum oil production and stimulate skin-firming collagen and elastin.
If you’re short on time, not much of a chef or simply want to make your life healthier in an easy fashion, Kale Powder provides all the extraordinary nutrients of Kale with very little effort. Simply add Kale Powder to a variety of dishes and enjoy the fabulous benefits for your heart, cells, blood and entire body.
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