Kale has been used in centuries for food and ironically is one of the most inexpensive veggies in the grocery store. It’s used in catering for decoration, and grows well in winter. Ornamental kale is grown in colors and there are many variants. Overall it tastes bitter and I haven’t actually heard anyone say they love to eat a raw kale leaf, but the benefits outweigh the slightly bitter taste. For centuries the Italians make a soup with Kale as do other cultures use kale frequently in their diet. Although seemingly bitter in tastes and rough in texture, there are ways to get this superfood into your diet. Kale’s magic includes chasing after free radicals and giving your body a healthier boost!
Some really good benefits include:
Anti Aging : MaxWorkouts advocates use of Kale due to it’s anti-aging properties, loading the body with antioxidants fighting free radicals and keeping the immune system healthy. In addition, they explain how it knocks your Vitamin K, C, and A requirements out of the water . Keeping your system rejuvenated makes you look and feel younger, and fights off the body’s natural response to inflammation. In fact, I had a dog with cancer and implemented kale in his diet everyday. He ran and played like a puppy for years thanks to Kale’s anti aging properties. Buford was proof positive!
Fighting cardiovascular disease
Getting Your Source of Vitamins K, A, and C for the day!
Reducing Asthma – By blocking the “free radicals” in the airway it helps prevent the muscle contractions that surround ashtma.
Helping Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis and Alleviating some Arthritis Conditions: Kale and cabbages are known to reduce inflammatory markers in the body.
Prevents Cancer (Studies have been done on Colon Cancer and Breast Cancer) The National Cancer Institute gives cruciferous vegetables such as kale and cabbage . They explain that they contain sulfer containing chemicals called glucosinolates, (this is responsible for the bitter bite of the kale). Studies show that during our eating and processing of the food, the glucosinolates break down to form compounds . Among these are Indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane which have been cited to and examined for their anticancer effects.”
Promotes Urinary Tract Health – Large numbers of Vitamin A have proven effective in treating people with urinary tract according to the study by Pediatr Int. 2007 Jun;49(3):310-3.
Fighting Free Radicals
How do you eat kale?
Well let me share the wealth in my Top 10 Yummiest Kale Recipes
For now, enjoy these further Reading Sources on the benefits of Kale!