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Top 10 Health Benefits of Kale

Kale Can Keep You Looking Attractive

Vitamin A may help keep you attractive, as eating foods rich in this vitamin provides a slightly reddish-orangish hue to the skin. Researchers have found that individuals prefer other individuals who give off this color in the skin. Also, the high vitamin C content in kale may help protect against premature aging of the skin by protecting the skin from ultra violet light. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals produced from prolonged sun exposure.

Kale Comes Close to Carrots for Promoting Healthy Eyesight

Poor eyesight is a common symptom of aging, as well as poor nutrition and lifestyle choices. Just one cup of raw kale provides over 200% of your daily needs for vitamin A! This powerful vitamin, when ingested with a little dietary fat, is absorbed into your body to help improve eyesight. Vitamin A plays a role in participating in the production of rhodpsin, a pigment that stores vitamin in the retina.

Kale Helps Prevent Colds by Enhancing the Immune System

Not only does kale contain a significant source of vitamin A, which can improve immune function, it also contains a high amount of vitamin C. This essential vitamin is needed to maintain the defenses in our immune system that fight off invading viruses and bacteria.

Kale Promotes Strong Bones

With kale to the rescue, you no longer have to rely on milk for your daily calcium needs. In fact, kale might be a better food to rely on for bone building nutrients, as it contains not only a high amount of calcium, it is also a significant source for vitamin K. This essential vitamin is needed to help deposit calcium into the correct places in our bones, and helps keep calcium out of tissues (which results in calcification. Both calcium, vitamin K and vitamin D work together to promote proper bone health.

Kale May Help Lower Cholesterol

Kale contains a healthy source dietary fiber, which has been shown to help reduce bad levels of cholesterol by “sweeping” it out of the bloodstream. LDL, the so-called “bad cholesterol” is what is removed by way of the fiber found in kale. Cholesterol is quite a tricky subject to tackle in regards to nutrition, but nevertheless, kale offers a more natural approach to cholesterol control.

 

Kale is an Anti-Aging Superfood

Kale is anti-inflammatory, and inflammation is one of the strongest signs of physical and mental aging. When we consume anti-inflammatory foods, we boost our bodies defenses and quench the fire that contributes to the wear and tear of aging. Antioxidants are also abundant in kale, and these antioxidants go right away at attacking and defeating free radicals that can wreak havoc on the skin and other areas of the body.

Kale is a Cancer Preventative Food

With its antioxidants carotenoids and flavonoids, kale boosts a unique combination of anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting compounds than many other foods. Glucosinolates are a class of organic compounds found in kale that have been shown to be helpful in preventing colon and breast cancer in some studies.

Kale Helps in Detoxing the Body

When glucosinolates consumed through kale and are broken down within the body, they form isothiocyanates, compounds that are known to support proper detoxification centers within the cells. Kale also contains sulfur, which is needed in some phases of detoxification. The process of detoxification is important for those who are wanting to lose weight, improve learning (such as in ADHD patients) and release toxic substances that might contribute toward cancer or other life threatening diseases.

Kale Contributes to Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails

One of my favorite health benefits of kale is the fact that it can help with promoting skin health. It contains a healthy balance of omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, something that is lacking in the average diet. Omega-3′s are anti-inflammatory and provide flexibility to cell membranes. They are also important for nourishing the skin, hair and nails from the inside out, as these body components require these essential fats, as well as other nutrients found in kale.

Kale May Help Control Blood Sugar

Kale is rich in the nutrient manganese, which is involved in key enzyme structures that promote healthy blood sugar regulation and energy metabolism. Controlling blood sugar is important for those wanting to lose weight, gain energy and reduce inflammation in the body.

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This entry was published on October 6, 2012 at 2:12 am. It’s filed under Health Tips and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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