10/26/17 — kale

Helps the Skin:

Kale

 

Fun Fact:  Kale was one of the most popular green leafy vegetables of the Middle Ages.

Fun Fact II:  Kale can be green or purple.

Fun Fact III:  Kale helps with infants’ brain development in the womb.  It also helps an infant have an acceptable birth weight, healthy neural tube formation, and proper face and heart development.

 

4 kinds of kale:

  • cavalo nero
  • curly
  • plain
  • leaf and spear

 

Benefits:

  • cravings decreased
  • immunity
  • detox (removal and elimination of toxins)
  • healthy skin
  • heart health (the deep color indicates this benefit)
  • decreased cholesterol
  • increased HDL to LDL cholesterol ratio
  • cancer prevention
  • anti-inflammatory (balance of omega-3s and omega-6s)
  • antibacterial
  • antiviral
  • carcinogens deactivated
  • cancer cell death
  • tumor prevention (formation and metastasis)
  • healthy vision (prevents macular degeneration and cataracts)

 

Contains:

  • vitamin K (blood clotting and prevention of high amounts of bleeding)
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • antioxidants (prevent free radical damage)
  • folate

 

Hot Tips:

  • Put it in your smoothies.
  • Steam it for a few minutes.  (Overcooking has a negative impact on the proteins.)
  • Shred it into thin slices, and put it in your salad.
  • Sauté it briefly with coconut oil, garlic, and onions.
  • Juice kale, and add the kale juice to a soup.
  • To get the most benefits from kale, eat it as close as possible to the time of its harvest.
  • Buy organic.  (It’s one of the crops most sprayed by pesticides when it’s not grown organically.)
  • Get kale from a local farmer.

 

Tomorrow:

Cashews put you in a better mood!

 

Source:

Dr. Axe: Health Benefits of Kale

 

 

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