Eat More Green!

April 29, 2009 at 3:52 pm 1 comment

With the growing effect of more cancer.  We need to take a step back and really look at what we are feed our bodies.  “You are what you eat!”  Is an old cliche that has been resounded for years, but do you really believe it.    We  are a product of what we place in our mouths, “garbage in, garbage out”.

The following list are foods  are power packed with vital minerals and nutrients.  Remember we need good food to live great lives.  We can not make a difference if we are sick.  Take charge, EAT MORE GREEN!

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KALE
Kale is a leafy green, and leafy greens are by definition good for you. But kale contains some unique properties that make it an extra special vegetable. Kale has more nutritional value in the least amount of calories than any other vegetable out there. One cup of kale has, in fact, over 1,000% the daily value needed for vitamin K. A flavenoid in kale called maempferol is also said to protect the body against ovarian cancers. Kale also contains tons of phytonutrients that help your body’s detoxifying capabilities and help the blood cleanse itself and disarm free radicals before they damage the body’s cells and DNA. Kale is also great for the eyes! It contains carotenoids which help repair the damage done to the eyes from excessive light, and is also a great source of vitamin A, due to the vegetable’s high beta-carotene content. Vitamin A is necessary in promoting healthy eyesight.

SPINACH
Obviously, spinach is good for you. Popeye the Sailor Man ate it to build his superhuman muscles, and our moms have been telling us since the dawn of time to eat more of it. There are 13 different flavonoid compounds in spinach that act as cancer prevention agents and health promoting antioxidants. Lesser well known benefits of spinach include making you smarter. Studies show spinach shields the brain against oxidative stress and declines in brain function due to aging. The vitamin E in spinach helps protect the brain’s loss of functioning due to aging by as much as 40%, some studies show

WHEAT GRASS
Wheatgrass is a stereotype for the health food industry, and the backlash against wheatgrass enthusiasts has begun a long time ago. However, the facts don’t lie, wheatgrass is totally good for you and its supporters aren’t going anywhere. Wheatgrass, which are the young grass of the common wheat plant that get juiced or powdered into drinks, is so packed with nutrients that 1 ounce of wheat grass juice is the equivalent of 2.2 pounds of vegetables. Because wheatgrass is so high in chlorophyll, which is structurally similar to hemoglobin, wheatgrass is also good for blood flow, prevention of blood clots, and detoxification of the body.

BROCCOLI
A member of the cabbage family, broccoli is high in phytonutrients, sulforaphane, and indoles, which are proven to have anti-cancer effects. Studies have proven broccoli can help prevent prostate, ovarian, and bladder cancer. On top of this, broccoli has a host of other health benefits, which make broccoli a true superfood. A single serving contains 72 mg of calcium, 78 mcg of folic acid, and all the vitamin C your body needs in a whole day. The list of great effects goes on: cataract prevention, healthy skin, immune system booster, cardio-protective, birth defect prevention, stomach health, stronger bones, and blood detoxification are just a few of the health benefits of broccoli, my favorite vegetable of them all.

AVOCADO
You can’t eat too many avocados (they are packed with calories) but in moderate amounts, avocados are delicious and extremely good for you. The fats in avocado are the heart-healthy monosaturated variety, and the essential fatty acids in this fruit (not a vegetable) are great for skin and hair. Avocado in the right portions are great for the heart, by helping decrease bad cholesterol in the body. Avocado also helps your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from other vegetables, particularly carotenoids, and in doing so, promotes optimal health overall.

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  • 1. Neven  |  April 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for this post I didn’t know kale was such a super vegetable.

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