Kale is one of the healthiest and most nutritious plant foods in the globe, which is called king of the greens.
It is a rock star when speaking about nutritional values and health benefits. Besides that, it tastes absolutely amazing.
ONE CUP of kale contains all of the following compounds:
– 45 flavonoids
It possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Here you can learn a secret how you can make its flavor to be sweeter. To achieve it you should expose kale to frosty weather, so winter time is actually the ideal time for eating it. Most people used it in a salad but when it’s cold, a soup might be the best solution.
Dr. Mercola offers an impressive recipe and your family will enjoy it.
Super Energy Kale Soup Recipe
– 5 cups organic chicken/bone broth
– 3 cups kale, rinsed with stems removed and chopped
– 4 cloves garlic, chopped
– 1 cup celery, diced
– 1 medium carrot, diced
– 2 red potatoes, diced
– 2 tsp sage
– Sea salt and pepper to taste
1) Heat 1 tbsp. of the broth in a soup pot.
2) Saute onions in broth over medium heat for about 5 minutes,
3) Stir the broth frequently.
4) Add garlic and saute 1 minute.
5) Add remaining broth, celery, and carrots and bring to a boil.
6) Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
7) Add potatoes and cook until tender (15 minutes).
8) Add kale and remaining ingredients and cook for 5 minutes.
Health Benefits of Kale
- a) Fights Cancer
Studies show that thanks to glucosinolates kale may lower the risk of having at least 5 different types of cancer. It is also a great source of indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane, which are proven to have anti-cancerous properties.
According to the George Mateljan Foundation kale’s cancer-preventing properties have been the hottest area of research on this cruciferous vegetable.
The benefits of kale can be enjoyed by eating it raw or lightly cooked. According to the research cooked kale binds more easily with the bile acids in your digestive system and they are easily excretable by the body. When it comes to cancer risk bile acids are a suspect.
There are two separated “phases” of body’s natural process of cellular detoxification:
Phase 1: Identifying and breaking down toxins into smaller pieces, preparing them easier for removal.
Phase 2: Eliminating the toxins out of the body.
When you are choosing the foods they should support both phases of this detoxification process.
- c) Eye Health
According to numerous conducted studies, lutein and zeaxanthin may provide significant protection against the potential damage caused by light.
- d) More Calcium than Milk
Instead of getting calcium daily needs from milk you can get them from kale. The results of the research have shown that the calcium in kale is 25% is easier to absorb than calcium from regular cow’s milk. In one cup of kale can be found 90 milligrams of calcium, which is about ¾ of the daily recommendation for calcium for adults.
- e) Fights Heart and Autoimmune Disease
Thanks to anti-inflammatory properties in kale it is vital to preventing heart disease, autoimmune disease, and other inflammatory conditions.
Go For Organic!
In order to avoid “highly toxic” pesticides in purchased kale, opt for organic one. You should buy kale with smaller leaves and if you don’t use them immediately, store them in the refrigerator in an air-tight bag. However, the sooner you eat it the better if you want the best flavor!