Benefits of Eating Green Leafy Vegetables


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Eating vegetables and fruits is one way of strengthening one’s immunity. But, ingesting more green leafy vegetables obtain incredible benefits that most people do not know. To learn more, check out the list of green vegetables that you should include in your daily meals.

Kale

Eating kale is best for fighting free radicals that damage cells since it contains high antioxidants such as lutein and beta-carotene. Plus, it is the most nutrient-dense food present in the world. This vegetable is ideal for people who want to lose weight but do now want to compromise a high nutrient consumption.

According to Gunnars (2018) of Healthline, one serving of kale offers exceptional benefits:

  • Vitamin A: 206% of the Daily Value (DV) (from beta-carotene)
  • Vitamin K: 684% of the DV
  • Vitamin C: 134% of the DV
  • Vitamin B6: 9% of the DV
  • Manganese: 26% of the DV
  • Calcium: 9% of the DV
  • Copper: 10% of the DV
  • Potassium: 9% of the DV
  • Magnesium: 6% of the DV
  • It also contains 3% or more of the DV for vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), iron and phosphorus

Further, kale is known for containing a high amount of calcium than meat.

Spinach

Spinach is commonly encountered when you eat soup, salad and sometimes in sauces. People who are health- conscious love to include spinach in their smoothie. Why? Because it is an alkalizing food that is best to detoxify human body.

Are you familiar with Popeye the Sailorman, a 90’s TV series? Popeye is a cartoon character that consumes spinach to strengthen him. Spinach is known to be loaded with many nutrients like Vitamin A, C, K1, iron, calcium, and folic acid.

Romaine Lettuce

Looking for a vegetable that prevents you from acquiring heart diseases? Romaine lettuce is the best vegetable to consider. It has a high level of potassium which improves cardiovascular health. Folate found in this vegetable can also prevent heart-related complications.

Even more, romaine lettuce protects the cell from damaging. It is high content in antioxidants that prevents human to acquire diseases.

Interestingly, based on the article of Medical News Today, romaine lettuce can reduce one’s risk of acquiring cancer because of the presence of folate and antioxidants.

Cabbage

Cabbage is an immunity booster vegetable. It obtains Vitamin C which protects the body from getting sick. What’s more, the Vitamin C that is being contained by the cabbage helps the body absorb the non-heme iron that can be found in plant-based food.

Cabbage can also improve digestive system because it contains fiber. If you are having a problem in your bowel movement, try considering cabbage in your everyday diet.

Cilantro

If you are having trouble stabling your sugar levels, Cilantro is the ideal green for your problem. It is best for people who are suffering from Diabetes. It releases enzymes that can significantly reduce blood sugar.

Apart from reducing blood sugar, this kind of green can protect brain’s health. According to Dr. Lauren Panoff (2019), the anti-inflammatory property found in Cilantro prevents individuals to inhibit brain ailments such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis.

Importance of Green Leafy Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables acquire disease-fighting chemicals. Eating these type of vegetables do not only immunize your body ,but also obtain nutrients that enhance the ability to absorb other vitamins and minerals that the human body needed. These vegetables can easily be bought in the market but little do people know about the benefits that these greens can offer.

Sources:

(1) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/leafy-green-vegetables#section1
(2) https://shop.ora.organic/blogs/news/how-to-detox-your-body-green-leafy-vegetables

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