Kale is part of the cabbage family (along with collards, and Brussels sprouts); it has high nutritional value, a distinct flavor, and great health benefits. Here are a few reasons why it’s so beneficial.
What it contains
- Great source of fiber. Fills you up, is low on calories, and it is slow to digest.
- Nutrients and Vitamins. Kale is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. It is a very good source of copper, tryptophan, calcium, vitamin B6, and potassium; and a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, vitamin B2, protein, vitamin B1, folate, phosphorous, and vitamin B3. One of the best sources of beta-carotene (an antioxidant) and other carotenoids.
- Kale has over 45 different flavonoids, which are plant-based compounds with powerful antioxidant properties.
Why it’s beneficial
- Assists in lowering cholesterol levels.
- Natural detoxing benefits. Provides comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system.
- Reduces inflammation and fights aging. Its antioxidant properties assist in reducing chronic inflammation and oxidative stress, promoting healthy arteries, and fight aging by preventing and repairing cellular damage.
- Lowers risk of disease. Kale assists in lowering the risk of bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, ovary cancer, and prostate cancer, as well as protects against dementia, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
So, while kale may not be on your list of go-to foods yet, it has many nutritional reasons why it should be. 🙂
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- 20 Antioxidant-Rich Foods You Must Have (mytechnologyworld9.blogspot.com)