Recently, Trader Joe’s started selling kale that’s “cut cleaned and ready to go.” Not only does this make preparing my Moroccan Inspired Lamb Stew even easier, but it also makes adding kale to your diet as a whole a lot easier too. So what’s so great about kale and why should you be eating more of it?
Disclaimer: Before you read any further, I must warn you that I’m not a nutritionist, dietitian, doctor, or scientist; I’m just a girl who wants people to eat better. It’s probably wise for you to consult a professional, or better yet, do your own research about dietary choices …yadayadayada, now you may continue reading.
Kale is packed full of good stuff our bodies need to not only function properly, but to repair themselves from the environmental damage we receive on a daily basis. To start, kale is rich in carotenoids, like beta-carotene and lutein. Studies have found, that carotenoids can help restore and improve vision as well as act as a defense against ultra-violet damage to the skin.
Kale is also rich in vitamin K. Vitamin K is important for our bones and blood. Vitamin K helps calcium, something also found in kale, bind better, making bones stronger. Vitamin K, also plays a major role in blood clotting, so if you bruise easy, suffer from nose bleeds, or heavy menstrual cycles, then you might consider increasing your intake of vitamin K.
Kale is also a good source of various antioxidants, like vitamin C. Antioxidants fight the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that will attack stable molecules in our body, in an attempt to stabilize themselves, often causing a chain reaction that can cause various diseases and even cancer. Antioxidants are stabilizing molecules that help stop and prevent the chain reaction caused by free radicals. We are exposed to free radicals on a daily basis, not only do our bodies create them, but they’re also found in cigarette smoke, smog and even sunlight, so antioxidants are very important.
Kale is also a good source of the minerals magnesium and manganese. Both magnesium and manganese are essential to good health and play a part in everything from muscle function and heart heath, to anxiety disorders and metabolism.
So the next time you’re at the market grab some kale, it’s good for you!