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What does “superfood” mean?
First it was blueberries, and spinach, and white tea, cranberry and broccoli. Lately, scientists and doctors, with the help of modern technology, found that many everyday and relatively cheap supplies can replace expensive pills and act preventively against many serious diseases. These food products are also called “superfood”.
Kale is part of the group of superfood. This leafy green vegetable can be consumed throughout the whole year. It can be mixed with fruit in a blender and drank as a juice, consumed as a salad, as a pottage or grilled as addition to other dishes or as a healthy main dish.
Kale Nutrition Facts
Kale is extremely nutritious and low-calorie food product. This green leafy vegetable provides many benefits for our health and beauty.
It is rich in micronutitients, including vitamins A , C and B6, some minerals -- calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, copper, carotenoids and chlorophyll. Kale contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect the health of the eyes.
These phytochemicals protect the eyes from all the harmful effects from the UV rays of the sun and other sources and prevent the occurrence of cataracts. Also, due to the large amount of vitamin C, kale is great for the skin, improves its tone, elasticity and youthful appearance.
Kale Health Benefits
Kale fights infections and helps reducing the cholesterol level in the blood.
The nutrients found in the kale are effective in the fight against some types of cancer, such as stomach, colon, and ovarian cancer.
Kale contains fiber that regulate digestion, prevent constipation and help preventing cases of overeating. It is rich in antioxidants, boosts immunity, maintains healthy bones and teeth, protects the reproductive organs and is one of the food products that take part in the detoxification of the body.
Kale is an excellent source of vitamin B which is soluble in water and rich in iron, which is the main reason why experts recommended it to anemic people.
Two American centres, the Drug Control Centre and the Centre for prevention and control of diseases, recommend a daily intake of 400 micrograms of vitamin B soluble in water for women.
Pregnant women should be especially careful of this intake, because the deficiency of vitamin B can cause serious neurological sequelae in the child. Kale is rich in calcium, which can be absorbed up to 30% more than the calcium in cow’s milk.
Because of its healing properties, experts recommend consuming mostly fresh kale, as a salad with some garlic as addition. It is recommended especially for people with rheumatism, high blood pressure or people who have digestive disorders.
Fresh kale juice is one of the favorite healthy beverages in Japan, and the banana-kale shake, with some cocoa and whey protein is the perfect breakfast.