Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kale benefits

                         Why kale?

Being addicted to some foods is a good thing and others not so goo! I cannot stop eating kale lately. I can’t help myself. I’ve been putting this hearty, healthy green in almost every meal! But that’s not a bad thing at all. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse and is beneficial to your body in more ways than you can imagine. One cup of kale has zero fat and only 36 calories and is high in vitamins and antioxidants. You can eat this green raw or cooked. Enjoy in  smoothies, salads, stir fry, baked as a finger food, or just wrap a little goats cheese and a cherry tomato inside and use it as a wrap, or roll. I love it. 
Detoxification and Weight loss
The fiber (5 grams in one cup) and sulfur in kale aid with digestion and liver health. The Vitamin C it contains hydrates your body and increases your metabolism, leading to weight loss and healthy blood sugar levels. The fiber in kale also lowers cholesterol.
Strengthen your Immune System
The vitamin A and C in kale improves your immune system and fights off viruses and bacteria. So if you feel like you’re getting a cold,  add some kale to your diet. Kale has more iron than beef, making it a great source of this valuable mineral for vegans and vegetarians. It helps more oxygen get to your blood and greatly helps those who are anemic.
Healthier Hair, Skin & Nails
The healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids keep your body strong, healthy and beautiful from the inside out. Kale gives your skin a beautiful hue as well as preventing wrinkles and loose skin. This green also protects your skin from UV rays.
See Clearly and Stand Strong
Vitamin A keeps your eyes from optical diseases that come with age. It also helps store vitamins in the retina. The calcium and vitamin K and D keep your bones strong. And if you have stiff joints, the Vitamin C keeps them flexible.
The omega-3 fatty acids in kale help fight and alleviate arthritis, autoimmune disorders and asthma. The vitamin C provided helps relieve stiff joints and makes them more flexible and less painful.
Fighting Disease
Kale aids in releasing toxins in the body that can cause and lead to life-threatening diseases. It helps fight off and alleviate various cancers, especially colon, prostate and ovarian. The vitamin K helps with Alzheimer’s disease as it may forestall the effects of mental aging. The folic acid and B6 provide cardiovascular support and prevent heart disease.
For me I love to eat knowing I am preventing illness and strengthening my immune system so I can work and play to my FULL POTENTIAL!
Facts on its top 6 top benefits are sourced from http://www.vegkitchen.com
Craving Greens
Nicky x