Here is a quick look at what some of these specific nutrients do:
Zeaxanthin and lutein (both carotenoids): Zeaxanthin and lutein are powerful antioxidants that protect against degenerative illnesses such as cancer, cardio-vascular disease and macular degeneration.
Vitamin K and Omega-3: Vitamin K and Omega-3 play key roles in reducing inflammation in the body by regulating the inflammatory processes.
Glucosinolates: Kale, along with the rest of the members of the Brassica family (such as cabbage and broccoli), contains a number of these anti-cancer chemicals. These groups of glucosinolates and their derived isothiocyantes block the growth of certain types of cancer cells, boost DNA repair and help cells to detox!
With accolades such as these, why wouldn’t kale have its own fan club?
Watch out for my next post on six simple ways to enjoy kale, coming soon!
NB: If you’re a gardener, or simply interested in trying out your green thumb, check out my easy guide to growing kale!