Cruciferous or “cole crops” are vegetables of the cabbage family. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi sprout from the wild cabbage, originating from Greece to the British isles. From dense and curly to slender spear shaped, kale varieties expand in shape and colors from luscious greens to red and deep purples. Amid the wide varieties of kale, the most common ones are Delaway, Red Russian, Scarlet, Toscano and Winterbor…amongst a long list.
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Kale contains about 70% of the recommended daily-required intake of vitamin C, and is also a good source of riboflavin, phosphorus, vitamin K and B6, potassium, manganese, niacin, magnesium, fiber, folate and pantothenic acid amongst others.
Kale is a great detox ally! It is packed with antioxidants that activate detoxification enzymes. The presence of vitamins, beta carotene, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, cinnamic acid boost the body’s defense against free radicals.
Kale is very rich in vitamin K, essential for blood clotting and has the power to trigger the absorption of certain proteins and bind calcium. One cup of kale contains 7 time the recommended daily amounts of vitamin K, just saying..
Rich in lutein and zeaxanthin protect from age related macular degeneration, vision defects, cataracts and infections.
Sulforaphane also found in other cruciferous vegetables improves blood pressure and protects the lining of arteries, especially if damaged.
Like the liver that turns cholesterol into bile acid into the bloodstream, kale possesses bile acids that lower cholesterol levels! Steam it and its twice as efficient!
A good amount of dietary fiber and the presence of sulphorafane protect the lining of the stomach.
Kale is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables around, with a very low calorie count. Start that kale diet now!
PROTECT FROM CANCER
Kale can control the proliferation of cancer growth. Sulforaphane, a sulphur that has been proven to kill cancer stem cells, slows down tumour growth. Kale is beneficial to protect from prostate, breast, bladder, colon, liver, lung and stomach cancers.