Kale is among the most popular superfoods and not without reason. The kale craze revolves around the nutrients packed inside each green leaf. Kale is rich in vitamins A, C, K, B6, Fiber, Potassium, Manganese, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper (to name a few). It also contains omega fatty acids and an abundance of antioxidants. This power punch vegetable has a lot to offer your body. Here are some benefits of putting this nutrient-dense plant on your plate:
The nutrients in kale support healthy cells from the inside out, from promoting strong bones to shiny hair and radiant skin. Vitamin K, although underrated, protects bones and helps with calcium absorption. It also reduces dark circles under your eyes and tightens your skin, reducing wrinkles. The antioxidants and vitamin A also reduce swelling and assist cell rejuvenation, while also keeping your skin hydrated. Kale has omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, keeping your scalp hydrated to reduce dandruff and promote hair health.
Weight Loss Secret Weapon
Being a low-calorie food, you can get the bulk of eating this vegetable without the numbers. With small amounts of protein and fiber, you feel fuller faster. The high water content gives it a low energy density. Eating foods that have a low energy density have been shown to promote weight loss.
Packed with fiber and water, kale promotes a healthy digestive tract. Kale is a natural detoxification agent, giving your body what it needs to cleanse itself and promote regularity. Vitamins B and C also inspire iron absorption necessary for your body to obtain energy from food and maintain its benefits.
This leafy green vegetable has been shown to battle diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Research has shown that nutrients in kale can prevent the growth of tumor cells while protecting healthy cells. The fiber, potassium, and vitamins B6 and C are important for heart health. These vitamins lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.
Because of these awesome benefits, a lot of our newest meals contain kale! You can get your daily dose of kale in these meals: Steak Stir Fry, Shrimp Stir Fry, Herb Grilled Salmon, Pomegranate Pesto Pizza, and Beef & Vegetable Penne.
DISCLAIMER: Check with a physician or registered dietitian before making changes to your diet. Especially if you are on blood thinners or special medications.
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