Eat This One Superfood and Gain These 4 Major Benefits
If you’ve noticed all the hullabaloo surrounding kale these days, but haven’t really been able to get into, you may change your mind after you find out what it can do for you.
Without hesitation, kale could easily be considered one of nature’s genuine superstars.
In only 1 cup of raw kale, you’ll get:
- No sugars
- No fat
- 36 calories
- 2 grams of protein
- 9 essential amino acids
- 9 non-essential amino acids
- 684% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin K (this shoots up to 1180% if you cook it first)
- 206% of your RDA of vitamin A (again, this rockets to 98% when cooked)
- 134% of your RDA of vitamin C (goes up to 71% when cooked)
Here is what this nutrient-rich superfood can do for your health and well-being:
1. Slows down aging and disease.
Kale is jam packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants are those incredible molecules that prevent the oxidation of other molecules (which leads to the formation of free radicals and ultimately cell damage or cell death).
Kale happens to have more antioxidants than any other green vegetable, including spinach (1,770 units vs. 1,500).
Having an abundance of antioxidants in your body is key to maintaining healthy cells. Antioxidants will help remove the free radicals from your body. It’s these free radicals that can lead to accelerated aging and other very serious diseases like cancer.
2. Protects your vision from degeneration.
Kale is stacked with vitamin A, the vitamin most associated with the ability to strengthen eyes. It can even improve your night vision.
Macular degeneration related to age is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over 55. According to the American Optometric Association, that figure is expected to triple by 2025.
Kale contains lutein and zeaxanthin which fights off the free radicals in our retinas and protects eyes from cataract growth. At least 12 mg of these should be consumed a day. Raw kale contains 11 mg of these per serving. Cook it and lutein and zeaxanthin go up to 23.8 mg.
3. Gives you healthy skin and boosts your immunity.
With more vitamin C than an orange, one kale smoothie can replace your morning orange juice.
Vitamin C is known for its ability to help repair cells. This can improve the appearance and health of your skin overall. The boost in collagen that it provides will give your skin added strength and suppleness.
Vitamin C is also a natural sunblock and can prevent cell damage and aging related to sun overexposure.
4. Inhibits hardening of the arteries and strengthens your bones.
Vitamin K triggers the proteins in our bodies to activate the production of cells in our hearts, lungs, and bones. This leads to stronger bones and less risk of breakage due to minor falls.
Vitamin K has also been found to inhibit the survival of certain lines of pancreatic cancer cells. It helps prevent the hardening of the arteries and some cancers.