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What’s the Big Deal About Kale?

Kale’s popularity is really starting to catch on, proven by the likes of major supermarkets now starting to stock it. So, what’s the big deal?

Thanks to a recent IIN lecture by Joel Fuhrman MD, along with some help from a couple of handy articles on Organic Authority, and Mind Body Green, I’m going to share some of the reasons why I include it in almost every green smoothie that I make, and why you should make it a regular addition to your diet.

Kale

Leafy greens are nutritions, but kale raises the bar to a whole new level. In fact, it’s one of the healthiest vegetables on earth. Here’s why:

  1. Vitamin-Boost: rich in Vitamin A which is great for the eyes and skin and detoxing the lungs, as well as Vitamin C which helps boost the immune system. One cup of kale actually gives you more than your recommended daily intake of both these vitamins.
  2. Anti-inflammatory: with the overload of sugar and animal products in our diets, far more than what we need, inflammation is a big problem, causing all sorts of diseases in the body such as heart and autoimmune diseases. One cup of kale offers you 10% of the omega-3 fatty acids that you need per day, which helps to counterbalance inflammation.
  3. Calcium: as much as you’ve been brainwashed to think it, no, dairy is not your prime source of strong abones (blog to come soon about that). Kale actually contains more calcium per calorie than milk does, and is much better absorbed by the body.
  4. Iron: per calorie, kale also has more iron than what beef has, which is what we need for transporting oxygen around our body, a happy liver, and much more.
  5. Good Fats: kale has 0 grams of fat, however it’s packed with essential omega fats which play a very important role in our health, unlike the saturated fats in meat. A serving of kale contains 121 mg of omega-3 fatty acids and 92.4 mg of omega-6 fatty acids.
  6. Powerful Antioxidants: such as carotenoids and flavonoids, which help the body fight against many cancers.
  7. Healthy Blood: all leafy greens, including kale, contain chlorophyll which increases the number of red blood cells, increasing oxygen flow through the body. It also helps flush out nasty toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, and herbicides.
  8. General Detox: it’s filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

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    […] Kale – this is one of the healthiest veggies you can get your hands on – and those hands should be all over it! It’s classified as a type of cabbage, high in beta carotene, vitamin K, A & C, and rich in calcium (see, you don’t need dairy). It’s got SO much goodness, I even dedicated an entire post to kale. […]

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