Kale has been very popular for a while. A search for #kale on Instagram resulted in millions of hits, along with many photos of green smoothies and juices. So there is clearly a kale trend going on. But is kale really as healthy as what everyone else is saying? The answer is: absolutely! These are seven impressive benefits, and some simple ways to include kale in your daily diet.
1. Kale is packed with nutrients
Kale is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. One cup of kale provides more than 100% of the daily amount of recommended immune-supporting vitamin C and more than 200% of vitamin A. This nutrient supports the immune system and the health of the skin and brain. Kale also contains small amounts of important minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper and phosphorus. It also provides energy-supporting B vitamins and some vegetable omega-3 fatty acids and vegetable proteins. In other words, throw those vitamin pills aside and buy some kale!
2. Kale promotes bone health
Kale is a top source of vitamin K, it contains almost 700% of the daily goal. This vitamin is very important for the firmness of the bones. Vitamin K is required for healthy bone formation and various studies have shown that a vitamin K deficiency is associated with an increased risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis.
3. It prevents inflammation
Kale is a powerful source of antioxidants that are known to reduce inflammation (in the joints), a trigger for premature aging and disease. Antioxidants also fight stress. For these reasons, kale is considered to be one of the best disease-fighting foods. Are you curious about the other reasons? Then go to the next page.