Having gained a reputation as a “superfood” among adherents of a healthy lifestyle, cabbage boasts nutrients such as vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, copper, calcium, potassium. In addition, a glass of kale contains only 33.5 calories, 6.7 grams of carbohydrates, and 0.5 grams of fat. Kale helps fight and prevent cancer.
The nutrients in cabbage strengthens your immune system, allowing it to more effectively fight off mutating cells. In addition, cabbage is a rich source of organosulfur compounds, which are broken down by the body into isothiocyanates. These compounds boost anti-cancer enzymes and neutralize any cancer-causing elements.
Kale protects the body from free radicals. The antioxidants in vegetables like cabbage neutralize these free radicals and prevent oxidative stress. Some well-known antioxidants in kale are vitamin C, beta-carotene, and other flavonoids and polyphenols such as quercetin and kaempferol.
Maintains eye health. Cabbage contains the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, which the eyes actually need to block blue light from entering the underlying retinal structures.
This prevents light-induced oxidative damage that can subsequently lead to macular degeneration, which is a deterioration in the condition of the macula (the small central area of the retina that controls visual acuity). Kale prevents cardiovascular disease. It is a class of diseases that affect the heart or blood vessels and is mainly due to a process known as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis occurs when plaque builds up on the walls of blood vessels, making the passage narrower. If a blood clot forms in the passageway, you could have a heart attack or ischemic stroke, depending on where the blood flow is restricted, that is, from the heart or brain. Kale is a good source of lutein, xanthophyll, and natural carotenoid. It has been shown that lutein lowers low-density lipoprotein cholesterol or LDL cholesterol, and protects against inflammation due to the formation of plaque on the walls of arteries. Vitamin C, when taken in excess of the daily minimum dose, can also help lower LDL cholesterol and raise healthy HDL cholesterol.
Kale and Mango Smoothie
2 cups kale
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1 mango (fresh or frozen)
1 glass of water (or more)
Whisk all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!
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