The Exciting Benefits of Adding Kale to Your Day!

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The Exciting Benefits of Adding Kale to Your Day!





Kale has become the nutritional buzz word for healthy eating in recent years. Kale is packed full of vitamins C, K, B and A and minerals including manganese, copper, fiber, calcium and potassium. One cup of kale has more vitamin C than an orange with only 36 calories.



Kale also provides more than 45 unique flavonoids, which are mini power-packed vitamins with abundant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Kale is called the most "nutritionally dense" superfood for a reason.



Superfoods



There are over 30 foods listed as “superfoods”. When these foods are eaten by themselves, they have tremendous nutritional value, but when they are combined in your recipes, they offer incredible, nutritional benefits for the body. It is a myth that all superfoods are found in the tropics, such as the acai berry; they are grown everywhere.



Here are 15 of the top superfoods: avocado, kale, swiss chard, garlic, sprouts, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, cauliflower, onions, wild salmon, organic eggs, organic coconut oil and nuts.



Many of these top superfoods are found in grocery stores, farmer's markets and produce stands in your community, and kale is one of them. Kale is extremely convenient, and if you have a vegetarian meal delivery service, inquire to see if kale is available.



By creating recipes with these delicious and nutritious foods the basis of your meals, you will develop better health habits. Superfoods are exactly what they sound like because they are packed with vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber that far excel most foods.



Using Kale to Improve Your Health



Kale is very similar to spinach, but because it is more nutritionally dense, it is much better for you. Kale is extremely versatile. It can be eaten raw, steamed or cooked, and kale is very sturdy, not like lettuce that wilts, so it stands up to many recipes.



Nutritionists agree that most fruits and vegetables retain the most beneficial when they are eaten raw because the nutrients are not killed in the cooking process. Kale is valuable when eaten raw, but studies report that when it is lightly cooked or steamed, the cooking improves the kale's ability to incorporate with the digestive enzymes and acids in the stomach and colon, and the nutrients are more easily absorbed. This creates a positive impact on your cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of cancer.



Kale improves your health and is a good source of cancer-fighting sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinols. Research shows that kale lowers the chance of colon, bladder, breast, ovary, and prostate cancer, and it protects the DNA from damage.



An Unexpected Benefit of Kale



Adding kale to your meals, veggie drinks, morning protein shakes or simply steaming the leafy vegetable and adding it to casseroles is a perfect way to increase your general health and digestion, but the benefits of kale do not stop here. A psychiatrist from Columbia University became an avid advocate for the green superfood when he discovered that "specific" nutrients contributed to an all-day optimistic feeling.



This is a tremendous discovery for millions of people who are not clinically depressed but are simply under life's problems. The amazing high levels of B vitamins and omega 3 acids prove to be very helpful in fighting depression and contributing to an uplifting feeling. In addition, kale supports the natural phytonutrient molecules, which improves life in the gut for the billions of beneficial microorganisms that live there and are the center of your good health.



Everything that has been mentioned is incredible, but the combination of protein, iron and the B vitamins in kale create more serotonin and dopamine in the system. These two hormones are major components of how content a person feels all day and is vital for a good, rejuvenating 8 hours sleep at night. Dopamine is known as the feel-good hormone and together with serotonin, these two chemicals interact to maintain an elevated mood. Kale is truly an amazing superfood!





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