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Healthy lifestyle – Dark green leaves

By on May 14, 2013 in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Dark leafy greens are one of the most mineral and vitamin dense foods today. These vegetables are sources of most of the minerals we need, such as iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium and even more vitamins including many of the B complex group and Vitamins A, C, E, K. Dark greens are also good source of various phytonutrients such as lutein, beta – carotene, zeaxathin, glucosinolates and manganese, phytonutrient have various benefits to people’s health, they help maintain good condition of cells, they are detoxifying the body and reduce the risk of cells becoming cancerous.

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The most important health benefactor of the dark green leafy vegetables is probably the Vitamin K; almost all of these vegetables have abundant quantities of Vitamin K in their leaves. Some recent studies have shown that Vitamin K is even more important than it was previously thought. The benefits of Vitamin k are: regulation of blood clotting, maintain good bone health and lower the occurrence of osteoporosis, it is anti – inflammatory agent, also helps in reducing the risk of atherosclerosis and diabetes.

Dark greens are very low in carbohydrate, they have no impact on blood sugar, it could be said that they are almost free from carbs. There are many reasons to eat more dark green leaves, there are also many different dark green vegetables but most popular are: Kale, it has almost all above mentioned nutrients, can be eaten raw or steamed. Swiss chard, it is also packed with many nutrients and is preferred to eaten cooked, because boiling it will decrease oxalic acid, which consumed in great quantities can lower calcium, thus harm bone and teeth health. Other dark leafy vegetables include Collard greens, Turnip Greens and of course one of the most popular vegetables and the most popular dark leaf – the spinach.

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