Kale is one of the most effective vegetables for warding off cancer. Kale contains many of the same elements and chemicals as those found in the Collard Greens, Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli. Not only does it contain these important cancer fighting substances, but it also contains a compound called Glucosinolate. These natural plant defense mechanisms also have a important role in fighting disease!!
Beside all the great benefits listed above... here are some more reasons you should eat Kale!!
Since Kale is rich in Indole-3-Carbinol... a cancer fighting compound... Kale can help prevent Breast, Bladder and Colon Cancer. It is also a rich source of Vitamin C, which helps your body form ascorbic acid, a substance that protects cell membranes from free radical damage.
The phytonutrients in Kale have also been studied in connection with Prostate and Lung Cancer. Evidence suggests that the consumption of Kale results in a reduction in the risk of Prostate Cancer and Cancer growth.
A cup of steamed Kale contains fewer calories than a similar portion of cooked broccoli. Kale is also a very good source of dietary fiber. All of these components help you to feel full longer, which means you will not eat as much food during a meal. As we all know eating less food equals eating less calories... which equals weight loss!!
Constipation and Diarrhea
Because of its mix of Mucilage and structural proteins, Kale is considered to be useful in alleviating the symptoms of constipation and diarrhea. It can help cleanse the toxins from your colon and enhance the growth of healthy bacteria in your digestive system. Chewing on a few kale leaves help relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
One cup of cooked kale contains 5 mg of vitamin B, or about 7% of your daily vitamin value. Other benefits of kale include a significant boost in your omega-3 fatty acids consumption!! Kale is also an excellent source of Manganese, which helps with connective tissue, bone cartilage, skin, and blood sugar regulation.
Along with reducing the risks of Heart Disease, studies have also established that Kale lowers the level of LDL... or bad cholesterol... while improving the level of HDL... or good cholesterol. One cup of cooked Kale provides only 81 Calories, 21 grams of Carbohydrates, one gram of Fat, and 13 milligrams of Potassium.
Not only do you get all these great long term benefits from adding Kale to your diet... but check out the daily nutrition below:
Vitamin A: 206% of the DV (from beta-carotene)
Vitamin K: 684% of the DV
Vitamin C: 134% of the DV
Vitamin B6: 9% of the DV
Manganese: 26% of the DV
Calcium: 9% of the DV
Copper: 10% of the DV
Potassium: 9% of the DV
Magnesium: 6% of the DV
Bottom line... Add Kale to your diet!!
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