Kale is an all around awesome green food. It removes toxins from the body and has been shown to detoxify at the genetic level, too. Kale’s high vitamin resource naturally supports the immune system. Kale’s other nutritive properties assists in the prevention of constipation, atherosclerosis, and high blood pressure. If you wish to maintain your weight or are on a weight-loss program, Kale is a beneficial addition to your food program. Kale reduces the risk of five types of cancer, including bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate.
Nutritional breakdown of the evergreen Kale
Kale is a knock your socks off WOW when it comes to being good for the body. Green, lean, and mean, Kale is a good source of copper, calcium, manganese, and potassium. It’s also dense in Vitamin A, C, B6, K, and lutein. Kale is high on nutrition and low on calories, with one cup containing only 33 calories.
Kales biggest claim to fame is its massive amount of Vitamin K, providing over 1,000% of the daily value. Vitamin K is essential for normal blood clotting. It protects your bones from fracture and prevents bone density loss, especially important for post-menopausal women. Kale also prevents calcification of your arteries.
Vitamin A in Kale is over 192% of the daily value. Vitamin A is useful for protecting your eyes and vision. Followed next by over 88% of the daily value is Vitamin C, which is of course one of the best immune boosting vitamins. Kale also sports fiber, manganese, copper, calcium and more on it’s list of body-boosting mineral power-ups. Eating Kale 3-4 times a week raw, juiced, or cooked will power-pack your system with nutrition.
All of these nutrients add up to an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory cocktail that is great for the body.
Choose Organic Kale – Here’s Why
Kale is one of the vegetables most affected by pesticides, so it’s a best practice to choose organic kale when shopping. If organic Kale is unavailable, thoroughly wash the Kale before cooking and eating it. An alternative to buying non-organic Kale is to grow it yourself in your own organic garden. Kale grows easily in the ground, raised beds, or pots, and the plant will thrive in cooler climes.
The Green Machine – A JuicyJosh Original
- 1 head of romaine
- 1 bunch of organic kale
- 1 apple of any variety, quartered
- ginger root (1-2” slice)
- 1 lemon (peeled)
Juice the romaine and kale and then add the apple, ginger, and lemon. Add more ginger or lemon to taste.
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