The top 10 health benefits of juicing Kale
You’ve probably all heard of Kale by now, it’s literally everywhere you look online but why is the world going crazy for this brilliant Brassica?
We’ve juiced tons of Kale over the years so, we thought it was time to let you guys know the amazing health benefits of this most beneficial Brassica. Here’s a rundown of what we think are the top ten health benefits you can glean from juicing the Queen of Greens
1, Kale is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse
A big reason to add Kale you your diet is because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Anyone who is looking to fight disease should be looking at reducing inflammation in the body as much as possible. Eating the right things like Kale is of paramount importance if you are to achieve this aim.
Many western foods are high in Omega 6 fatty acids, these are ok in moderation but the human body needs the right balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 to function optimally. Kale just happens to have the ideal Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio according to a study published in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, (4)
One cup of Kale contains 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
2. Kale is stacked with Vitamin K.
Vitamin K is best known for it’s function in the blood clotting process but is also a vital component in bone health, Improves insulin resistance and plays a critical role in protecting the cells that line our Arteries and Veins (1)
Kale is right up there when it comes to it’s Vitamin K content with just 130 grams of kale containing over 1100% of your recommended daily intake. Eating Kale and other foods that are high in Vitamin K is said to protect against various diseases including Cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
3. Kale is high in Iron.
In the past Kale has been called ‘the new beef’ and for good reason… Per calorie, Kale actually contains more iron than beef and iron is vital for good health, one of the primary functions of Iron is to is to provide the body with hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein found in red blood cells and is the key component which oxygenates the blood.
Human life is not possible without Iron and it promotes health on several different levels.
4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants.
Several studies shown that Kale has very beneficial effects when it comes to it’s antioxidant capacity (1) Kale contains over 4o flavonoids, which have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, these all help protect the body against various cancers and a slew of other modern “lifestyle” illnesses.
5. Kale is low in calories and has zero fat.
At only 36 calories and 0 grams of fat, Kale is one of the most nutrient dense and healthiest foods on the planet. Replace some of the bad things in your diet with Kale and see the results for yourself.
6. Kale helps in the fight against heart disease.
Kale is packed with Potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. A 2008 study shows that a diet high in Vitamin B6 and Folate showed protective factors for coronary heart disease (1) Another study by MD Mark Hudson shows that taking 4000mg of Potassium per day can reduce Iscemic heart disease by up to 49%
Eating Kale can also help lower your cholesterol.
7. Kale is high in Vitamin A.
100 Grams of Kale provides 200% of your RDA of Vitamin A, this vitamin plays an important role in the formation and maintenance of teeth, bones, soft tissue, white blood cells, the immune system and mucus membranes.
8. Kale is high in Vitamin C.
Like the previously mentioned Vitamin A, 100 grams of Kale is sufficient to provide 200% of your RDA of Vitamin C, this important vitamin is vital for proper immune function, it also regulates your metabolism, lowers hypertension, can treat lead toxicity, cures cataracts, fights cancer, combats stroke and maintains the elasticity of your skin amongst other things.
9. Kale is high in Calcium.
Per calorie, Kale contains more calcium than milk! Calcium is important for building strong bones, preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism.
Some studies suggest that calcium, along with vitamin D, may protect against high blood pressure, diabetes and even cancer.
10. Kale is a great detox food.
Kale is filled with all kinds of beneficial compounds like sulfur, which are great for detoxifying your body. Along with the vitamins and minerals we have mentioned earlier, these all add up to make Kale one of the most cleansing and health restorative vegetables that you can add to your diet.