I discovered kale when I was living in Brighton.
Brighton is a small British town just by the sea, rich in diversity and surprises.
It is there that I discovered “raw living foods” and my first raw chocolate bars ! Yes , yes RAW CHOCOLATE : healthy, delicious and good for you! (I feel that this will be the subject of an article in the near future… )
But if you don’t mind, let’s go back to our amazing kale!
For starters, it belongs to the cabbage family and has very curly, big and thick green leaves.
It is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat.
Kale is high in iron which is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
Kale is high in Vitamin K. which can help protect against various cancers. Vitamin K is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids.
Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
Kale is great for cardiovascular support and can help lower cholesterol levels.
Kale is high in Vitamin A great for your vision and your skin.
Kale is high in Vitamin C very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.
Kale is high in calcium which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism.
Kale is a great detox food because it is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
To make the most of all of the health benefits of kale, I recommend you eat it raw like in green smoothie, raw soups, salads and green juice.
Here is a nice juice recipe:
– 1 handful of kale leaves
– 1 small piece of fresh ginger
– a few fresh mint leaves
– half of a pineapple
Rinse the kale leaves; peel and chop the pineapple and put all the ingredients in the juicer.