10 Reasons Not to Skip Your Daily Dose of Greens

We all know we should eat more greens but perhaps the following information and research will provide the incentive needed to actually eat more. While the potential reasons to eat greens is a lengthy one, here are some of the main health benefits of eating more greens.

Male Sexual Health

Many leafy greens, and beet greens in particular, are good sources of the mineral zinc. According to a study published in the Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences researchers found that moderate doses of zinc enhanced male sexual health, including a reduced likelihood of premature ejaculation, increased ability to maintain sexual activity for longer periods of time, and improved testosterone levels.

May Help to Alleviate Heart Palpitations

Leafy greens are among the best food sources of the mineral potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral that helps to regulate heartbeat and nerve signals. Sadly, due to the high amount of sodium in most peoplesí diets and the fact that sodium displaces potassium, it is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in America, with some estimates around 98†percent†of the population being deficient. Addressing this deficiency may help to reduce heart palpitations.

May Help with Eye Health

Leafy greens are powerhouses of lutein, with beet greens being among the best source, containing over 275 micrograms of lutein, which is a critical nutrient to maintain eye health and vision, and in the prevention of eye conditions. When it comes to eye health few foods can compare to leafy greens like collards, kale and spinach. Thatís because they contain a wide variety of eye-protecting and eye-healing nutrients, some of which include: alpha-carotene, alpha lipoic acid, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Help Protect Against Heart Disease

If youíre suffering from heart disease youíll want to load up on your favorite greens, including: kale, lettuce, parsley and spinach. Thatís because research in the journal Atherosclerosis found that some vegetables are better than others in preventing the condition. Vegetables with a high lutein content, like leafy greens, were particularly beneficial in reducing heart disease and in treating the condition after it has formed. Leafy greens are high in many nutrients, including the B-complex vitamins, including vitamin B6, B12 and folateóall of which are essential for normal homocysteine levels.† Homocysteine is a type of protein that is produced by the body and found in the blood, ideally in low levels. High homocysteine levels is a factor for heart disease so itís wise to keep them low by eating more leafy greens. Additionally, leafy greens are high in the nutrient lutein. Research in the journal Atherosclerosis found vegetables high in lutein were particularly beneficial in reducing heart disease but even treating the condition after it has formed.

Osteoporosis Protection

Veggies like kale and spinach contain high amounts of alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium. Both minerals help balance body chemistry to alleviate inflammation and boost bone health

Cancer Fighters

Leafy greens have many anti-cancer compounds, some of which include: alpha-carotene, alpha lipoic acid, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Dandelion greens in particular are potent cancer fighters. While not unusual in traditional Italian diets, few people in North America eat dandelion greens. But, for those fighting cancer you might want to reconsider in light of the research published in Nature Chemistry which found that dandelion greens offer hope in the treatment of this dreaded illness. The researchers identified a substance called JPC11 which appears to interfere with cancer cells’ ability to divide rapidlyóa process necessary to the survival of cancer in the body.

Diabetes Aid

Ground-breaking published in Endocrine Journal found that a vitamin A deficiency may actually be at the root of diabetes. The scientists found that vitamin A is essential for the proper functioning of the beta cells of the pancreas. The beta cells are responsible for producing insulin, which in turn helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Leafy greens contain beta carotene, the precursors of vitamin A.

Liver Healers

Leafy greens are nutritional powerhouses that are good for almost everything so it will probably come as no surprise that they are also good for liver health. According to a study published in the medical journal Lipids in Health and Disease, eating more leafy greens has been found to improve the liverís fatty acid profile, which not only offers liver health benefits and may reduce the risk of a fatty liver, but may also reduce the risk of heart disease.

Lymphatic System Cleansers

Leafy greens like arugula, spinach and kale are good for almost everything so it will probably come as no surprise that they are also excellent lymphatic system cleansers. They contain many vital vitamins and minerals that boost your lymphatic systemís ability to keep your tissues clean and healthy. Be sure to eat a couple of cups of fresh greens daily.

Weight Loss Booster

If weight loss had a color, surely it would be green. Thatís because leafy greens are power-packed with nutrients that help maintain a healthy metabolism. Whether you add spring mix, spinach, kale, mustard greens or another type of leafy vegetable to your diet, they are all excellent sources of vitamins and antioxidants that alleviate inflammation, which has been linked to weight gain and obesity.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM shares her food growing, cooking, preserving, and other food self-sufficiency adventures at FoodHouseProject.com. She is the publisher of the free e-newsletter Worldís Healthiest News and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include her newest book: FOOD FIX: The Most Powerful Healing Foods and How to Use Them to Overcome Disease. Follow her work.

85 comments

Jeanette Björk

Good news, thanks for posting:)

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Sara S
Sara S4 days ago

Thank you

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Thomas M
Thomas M4 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Gabriel C
Gabriel C5 days ago

Tyfs

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Caitlin L
Caitlin L6 days ago

thanks

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Edith B
Edith B6 days ago

Thanks, glad I like greens!

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Olivia H
Olivia H7 days ago

thanks for posting

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Mike R
Mike R7 days ago

Thanks

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O7 days ago

leave out the salad dressing, just use balsamic vinegar

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O7 days ago

tasty

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