From salads to smoothies, from soups to stews, and even an ingredient in skincare products, kale seems to be popping up all over the place these days. So what is it that makes this leafy green so popular?
Although kale might seem to be the “new” cruciferous of choice, it’s actually been on dinner plates for thousands of years. Kale was brought to Europe around 600 B.C and eventually made its way to North America in the early 17th Century. Like a fashion trend resurrected, the world is rediscovering all the great healthy wonders of kale, and we can’t help but share the love.
Here are 5 reasons why we love kale:
1. KEEPS YOUR SKIN LOOKING YOUNG
Due to its high antioxidant content, kale helps protect your skin from UV-induced free radical damage. This green superfood is a great source of lutein which helps improve your skin’s photo-protection even further which, combined with Vitamin C helps maintain the appropriate hydration levels – vital for glowing, youthful looking skin.
2. GIVES YOU TOP NOTCH VISION
Kale packs a punch when it comes to Vitamin A, D, K and calcium. Vitamin A is the force behind great vision and eye health. Studies also show that high concentrations of lutein found in kale help decrease the risk of age related eye diseases.
3. HELPS MAINTAIN STRONG BONES
If you’re looking for an alternative source of calcium, look no further because kale is loaded with it! This green powerhouse combines the forces of Calcium, Vitamin K & D with Magnesium and Folate giving you strong and healthy bones.
4. KEEPS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM STRONG
Say bye bye to colds and flu. Kale’s high concentration of nutrients also helps strengthen your immune system so you’re well protected against viruses and bacteria. This bundle of green-goodness also has anti-inflammatory benefits that help fight autoimmune disorders such as asthma, arthritis and certain forms of cancer (thanks to the combo of omega-3 fatty acids + Vitamin K).
5. PROMOTES HEART HEALTH
Kale helps keep your heart functioning at its maximum potential thanks to its high content of Folic acid, B6 and Magnesium. Folic acid and B6 help prevent heart disease while Magnesium helps maintain your heart’s healthy rhythm and muscle contractions.
When it comes to kale’s healthy goodness, we think you get the picture. If you haven’t done so already, start adding this leafy green to your diet.
Remember, our entire range of Organic face, skin and body products are natural – chemical free, preservative free and handmade! We look to nature for the source of our ingredients, making them so good you can literally eat them!
This is a re-post from the US/Canadian Eminence Organics website.