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Reasons to Eat More KALE
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Date Created: 06/23/13

Written By: Markus Boesch

Reasons to Eat More KALE -

Kale is a nutritional powerhouse and is beneficial to your body in more ways than you can imagine. One cup of kale has zero fat and only 36 calories and is high in phytonutrients. You can eat this green raw or cooked. Enjoy in salads, soups, stews, stir-fries, and smoothies. Kale is a superstar in the area of carotenoids and flavonoids, two powerful antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals that cause oxidative stress.

* Anti-Inflammatory: One cup of kale provides about 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids that helps regulate the body's inflammatory process. A megadose of vitamin K further aids to fight against excessive inflammatory-related problems, such as arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and asthma.

* Cancer: Not only do kale's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities work together to prevent and even combat cancer, a healthy diet of kale also provides glucosinolates, which have been shown to prevent colon, breast, bladder, prostate, ovarian cancers, as well as gastric cancer.

* Cardiovascular Support: The high fiber content of kale lowers our cholesterol by binding with bile acids that the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat. Because many of these bile acids are coupled with fiber, the liver is charged with producing more bile acid to digest fat, and therefore requires more cholesterol to so, ultimately lowering the amount of cholesterol within our bodies.

* Detox: The isothiocyanates (ITC) from glucosinolates found in kale aid in both phases I and II of the body's detoxification process. The high sulfur content of kale has further been shown essential for phase II of detoxification.

* Vitamin A: With over 192% of the RDA of vitamin A, one cup of kale is an effective antioxidant, boosts immunity, maintains healthy bones and teeth, prevents urinary stones, and is essential to our reproductive organs.

* Vitamin C: Vitamin C, which one cup of kale heartily provides (over 88% of our RDA), is not only a powerful antioxidant, but also lowers blood pressure, ensures a healthy immune system, and fights against age-related ocular diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

* Vitamin K: Kale provides a whopping dose of vitamin K (providing 1327% of the RDA in one cup), which is necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, a protein that strengthens the composition of our bones. Vitamin K also prevents calcium build-up in our tissue that can lead to atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Finally, vitamin K is essential for synthesizing sphingolipid, the fat needed to maintain the myelin sheath around our nerves, and therefore our nervous system as a whole.

Eat Healthy & Thrive! Enhance Performance & Recover Faster. Nutrition is the Competitive Edge.

(By Texas & Markus Boesch)

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