Hi I’m Kale, the Queen of Greens

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Kale is a leafy vegetable that can be either green or purple.  It comes from the group Brassica oleracea, which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and collard greens.  A few plants have been found to grow around six to seven feet. The plants either bloom every year or every two years and there are different varieties of kale (different shapes, sizes etc.)

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Kale contains a large amount of antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids. These antioxidants have cancer prevention properties because they prevent oxidative stress on the body.  This means that Atherosclerosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are a few of the problems that kale helps prevent.  There are 45 different known flavonoids in kale, with the potential for more that have not been isolated and discovered!

Kale also comes with omega-3 fatty acids.  There are around 350mg of omega-3s in 100 grams of kale.  These healthy fats are a part of kale’s anti-inflammatory aid in our bodies.  This is coupled with the huge amount of vitamin K a serving of kale contains.  In a single serving of 130gm of kale, there is over 1000% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K!  Not only does it play a role in reducing inflammation, it helps keep bones strong well into our golden years.

The fibre content of kale of course aids in digestive health, but also in keeping our cholesterol levels at a healthy number. This happens because kale binds bile acids, forcing the liver to use its store of cholesterol to make more and reducing the amount of cholesterol we find in our bodies.  Wait! Is there anything else Kale can’t do?

gorgeous life made simple……………..be simple!!!!!!!

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