AnJenette Afridi, MA, ERYT-500, is the Creator of INHALE EXHALE SMILE℠ Meditation and Mindfulness Targeted Skills-Based Training for Kids, Teens, Adults, Parents, Seniors, and Business Leaders.

KALE THE SUPERFOOD

"Remember, too, that at a time when people are very concerned with their health and its relationship to what they eat, we have handed over the responsibility for our nourishment to faceless corporations." Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Kale is referred to as a superfood for its many health benefits. The abundance of vitamins and antioxidants this leafy green vegetable contains make it one of the highest nutrient dense foods available. I love baby kale, the young leaves of the plant, because it is milder and has a peppery flavor similar to arugula which by the way I also love!

Here are ten more reasons why kale is a staple for me:

Get the most cruciferous bang for your buck:

Cruciferous vegetables are known to contain many nutrients the body needs. Kale is at the top of the list as the most beneficial of all cruciferous vegetables.

Detox the healthy way:

Kale contains sulfur and fiber that act as a natural detoxifier by building up the body’s defenses to deal with toxins in our food and environment.

Increase your fiber without the fat:

Fiber not only aids in detoxification but also helps the body with proper digestion and elimination. Kale has five grams of fiber but zero fat. At only 36 calories, it is a much tastier alternative to fiber bars and fiber drinks.

The body can tolerate kale:

Kale contains a higher content of calcium than milk and without the lactose intolerance to be concerned about. Calcium is crucial as the body ages to prevent osteoporosis and bone loss.

Protect your heart health:

Kale contains magnesium and potassium, two nutrients that are known to lower your risk of heart disease. A daily intake of kale has also been found to lower cholesterol levels, thus improving cardiovascular health.

See the benefits:

Our eyesight tends to weaken as we get older, but there are ways to fight against this. Eating foods high in zeaxanthin and lutein, such as kale, are known to fight off several eye disorders such as cataracts or macular degeneration.

Lower your risk of cancer:

Kale is believed to contain several cancer-fighting antioxidants that help to limit the growth of cancer cells. In particular, two of these antioxidants, carotenoids and flavonoids are directly related to protecting the body from cancer-related cells.

Fight Inflammation:

Kale is rich in omega-3 fatty acid and vitamin K. These nutrients both contribute to regulating the body’s inflammatory system. Weekly intake of four to five servings of kale is shown to lower the risk for those with chronic inflammation issues.

Now you can eat your vitamin C:

One cup of uncooked kale has more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C is known to boost the metabolism and contribute to a healthy immune system, making it an essential dietary nutrient. Try steaming a cup of kale to feel the full benefits.

Iron out your intake:

Iron is essential to good liver function, healthy oxygen levels, and aiding in cell growth. Typically, we get our iron from beef, but kale has more iron than beef and a far less fat content.

One wonderful body:

You only have one body, treat it the best you can. What you eat has a direct result on how you look and feel. Kale is one “super food” that will leave you feeling energized and healthy. I love baby kale!

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This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any medical issue or disease. The author does not in any way guarantee or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of this article and will not be held responsible for the content of this article. The information in this article is not intended to replace a personal relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult your personal health care provider for specific medical advice.

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