If you haven’t noticed, kale is a huge trend. From every health expert’s Instagram post to Beyonce’s sweatshirt, people can’t stop raving about kale. You’ve heard you should try it but what’s so great about this so-called “nutritional powerhouse”?
- Kale is high in iron
Iron plays a vital role in our health. It is required for the production of our red blood cells and it’s responsible for carrying oxygen to various parts of our body.
- It has cholesterol-lowering capabilities
Kale is low in calories and high in fiber. These greens, especially steamed, can provide cardiovascular support because they contain adequate fiber and other nutrients that are vital in lowering LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and elevating HDL (“good” cholesterol).
- It’s antioxidant-rich
Kale contains flavonoids like kaempferol and quercitin, but what does this mean? They reduce oxidative stress and can protect against certain types of cancer.
- It plays a supportive role in eye health
This veggie is lutein-rich and high in vitamin A, both of which protect the eye from damage and age-related macular degeneration.
- It’s a wonderful detox food
Kale contains substances that regulate the detoxification activity in our cells and it’s often a staple food in any cleanse.
- Kale has anti-inflammatory properties
Believe it or not, fish and avocado aren’t the only foods that contain omega 3! Kale contains a surprising amount of omega 3 per serving. In turn, it helps to lower the risk of developing certain chronic diseases and plays a role in brain health.
Pro Tip: Cut up a bunch of kale and other green leafy veggies and keep them in a container in the fridge. This makes it easier to grab when you are in a rush – toss it in your smoothies, throw it in your stir-fry or add some olive oil, lemon and spices as a side salad!
*Not all dietary plans are appropriate for every patient so please see a Naturopathic Doctor to make sure that they are safe and effective for you!
Dr. Jeda Boughton is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Registered Acupuncturist in Vancouver. She is also a Registered Herbologist and the founder of BodaHealth.