Leafy Greens

leafy greens

Often considered "super food", leafy greens are some of the most nutritious food you can consume. Rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, when consumed, these leaves act as powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and help prevent various forms of cancer. Leafy greens include vegetables such as spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, mustard greens and turnip greens. Spinach is arguably one of the most nutrient-rich foods, if not the most. It is best known for providing powerful antioxidant protection. Chard leaves contain "syringic acid," which helps regulate blood-sugar levels. Additionally, chard contains a significant variety and amount of phytonutrients called betalains, which provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. Chard and spinach are uniquely beneficial for nervous system health, including specialized organs like the eye. Kale, collard greens and mustard greens have cholesterol-lowering powers that are best produced through steaming. Raw forms still have cholesterol-lowering ability--just not as much. Recent research has shown that turnip greens provide the most cancer-preventing benefits of all the cruciferous vegetables. To reap the full benefits of these foods, they should be consumed a minimum of 2-3 times per week, with the serving size being at least 1-1/2 cups. Healthy steaming of leafy greens maximizes nutrition and flavor. Enjoy!


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