The Health Benefits of Greens

Today I wanted to share with you some of the benefits of greens.  Whether they be turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens or kale; greens are very good for you.  As I’ve gotten older my taste buds have seemed to change and some things I didn’t like when I was younger I really like and enjoy now.  Greens are one of those foods.

I prefer mixed greens over kale, turnip, mustard, or collard greens by themselves.IMG_20140226_193100_922  I have tried them all on their own, but prefer them when they are mixed together.  There is a certain brand that I buy, which is pictured, that I absolutely love.  I love having grilled chicken, with mixed greens and great northern beans.  Yum!

Below are some of the benefits of greens.  Thanks goes to www.healthyeating.sfgate.com for the health information and facts about the greens listed below.

1.  Collard greens contain Vitamin A and C.  These antioxidants help to lower the risk of oxidative stress on your cells, which is cell damage that can occur when your nutrient intake is low and when toxic chemicals and environmental pollutants enter your body. Collards also contain fiber which helps to support the health of your digestive system.

2.  Turnip greens contain calcium which helps to prevent bone softening, fractures and osteoporosis and supports the health of your teeth.  Turnip greens also contain potassium, a mineral that enhances muscular strength and endurance during physical activities.

3.  Mustard greens are an excellent source of vitamin K, an essential nutrient that is necessary for blood clotting.  Vitamin K also supports bone health by helping your blood to transport calcium throughout your body.  Mustard greens are also high in vitamin C and E, two powerful antioxidants that help remove free radicals from your body.

4.  Kale contains vitamin C which helps boost your immune system by fighting bacteria, viruses and infections. Kale also contains phosphorous.  This mineral helps to support cell growth and metabolize proteins and glucose in your body.

As you can see greens contain many vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.  I encourage you to pick some up the time you’re at the store and enjoy some as part of your next meal.

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