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The Top 10 Health Benefits Of Eating Kale

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Ally Batista

Since everyone’s new year’s resolution is to lose weight and overall be healthier, why don’t you try actually making strides towards that goal? Why don’t you try incorporating more kale into your diet?

Kale, if you didn’t know, is a low calorie, high fiber, and zero fat leafy green. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and zero fat. Sounds great right? Kale is also great for aiding in your digestion, is filled with countless nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium.

Kale has an impressive list of health benefits. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef, which is essential for the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth and proper liver function.

Kale is high in Vitamin C, which helps your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration, along with being high in Vitamin A, which is great for your vision, your skin, and helps prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.

Another vitamin kale is rich in is Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against cancers, and can aid in normal bone health, prevention of blood clotting, and aid in helping people suffering from Alzheimer’s.

The benefits of kale don’t stop there. Kale has more calcium, per calorie, than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Kale is rich in antioxidants, and is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.

Finally, kale is a great Detox food. Filled with fiber and sulfur, kale aids in detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

With all of these health benefits, why wouldn’t you incorporate more kale into your diet in 2013?

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