Dark Leafy Greens: Essential Superfood!

The nutrients found in dark leafy greens provide a host of health benefits that can ward off disease and actually help you live longer, and they are easy to prepare.. This is a great article written by  who is  a nationally known registered dietitian based in New York and the creator of a proprietary high-fiber nutrition program for weight loss, wellness and for treating.

Kale

Kale is a great source of Vitamins A, C, and K, plus it contains calcium and potassium. Additionally, kale contains carotenoids – specifically, lutein and zeaxathin. Consuming both may help prevent Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

This green is not only delicious when steamed, but it makes a fantastic crunchy chip.

Swiss Chard

This is a delicious green loaded with vitamins and minerals containing 13 different antioxidants, including kampferol-which helps protect the heart, and syringic acid -which has been shown to help control blood sugar levels, making Swiss chard a great green for diabetics.

Collard Greens

Collards contain vitamin C, E, K, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids. Collards also contain phytonutrients called glucosinolates, which help detox the body and lower oxidative stress, decreasing the risk of cells becoming cancerous.

Mustard Greens

This bitter, but delicious dark leafy green has been shown to help lower cholesterol by binding to bile acid and pulling it out of the body. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as important antioxidants.

Turnip Greens

This green is higher in glucosinolates than kale and contains vitamin A, B6, C, E, and K, calcium, copper and iron. Turnip greens also contain fiber that helps lower cholesterol.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/09/10/dark-leafy-greens-essential-superfood/

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