Adding vegetables to your diet can be a challenge, but Dr. Yusuf Mosuro explains why kale is such a great thing to add. Kale may be a ‘trendy veggie’ but it’s a well-loved vegetable for so many reasons.
Kale is exactly what you want in a vegetable. Its chock full of nutrients and vitamins and is incredibly versatile. Make it the base of a salad, bake kale chips, add it to a smoothie, or even throw it in with soup, you’ll hardly even know it’s there.
- Iron – Kale actually has more iron than beef, which should make all the vegetarians happy. Iron helps transport oxygen throughout the body and promotes proper liver function.
- Vitamin K – Vitamin K helps protect against cancer while helping with blood clotting and normal bone health. Increase levels of Vitamin K have helped people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease as well.
- Vitamin A – Vitamin A is good for your skin and your vision. It also helps prevent oral cavity cancers and lung cancer.
- Vitamin C – Everyone loves adding Vitamin C to their diet, and this is a great way to get some extra. Vitamin C helps your immune system, your metabolism, and your hydration.
- Calcium – Just like kale has more iron than beef, it also has more calcium than milk. To prevent osteoporosis and maintain a healthy metabolism, calcium is key.
While kale has all those vitamins and nutrients, that is not all it has to offer. Dr. Mosuro explains some of the other benefits of kale.
- Low calorie, high fiber, zero fat – One cup of kale has 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 0 grams of fat. It helps aid digestion and elimination. It’s also full of folate and magnesium.
- Antioxidants – The antioxidants found in kale can help protect against several forms of cancer.
- Anti-inflammatory – Kale has omega-3 fatty acids which help fight against arthritis, asthma, and autoimmune disorders.
- Detox food – Kale is full of fiber and sulfur which are big helpers for keeping your live healthy and detoxifying safely.
- Cardiovascular support – One of the great things about eating more kale is that it can help lower cholesterol levels.
Just one cup of kale can make a difference in your health. Dr. Mosuro suggests heading to the store and stocking up on this leafy, green vegetable today.