The Importance Of Leafy Greens
Updated: Jun 2, 2018
Leafy greens are an essential component of our daily diet. They contain many nutrients, are rich in vitamins A, C and K as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, copper, magnesium and manganese.
Leafy greens help the blood to clot, keep bones strong and protect the heart, arteries and kidneys. Their antioxidants fight cancer and keep your skin young and fresh. Greens are also beneficial for lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels and boosting your brain function with their anti-inflammatory properties. They are a good source of carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin which are important for the eyes as they minimise the risk of cataracts and improve eyesight.
Another advantage is weight loss. Leafy greens provide the body with a wide range of necessary nutrients, are low in calories, easy to digest, and are likely to keep you full and satisfied due to their high dietary fibre content. As a result, they can be helpful for weight loss in the context of an overall healthy plant-based diet.
Fancy some spinach, kale or swiss chard now? Enjoy a kale banana smoothie, a hot meal topped with spinach, or swiss chard mixed with fresh fruit and vegetables. There are many variations on how to integrate leafy greens in your diet. Don’t be shy and try new recipes and combinations to find the one you love the most!
Sonja from SOS Free