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Kale Benefits: The 6 Top Health Benefits of Kale

I cannot stop eating kale lately. I can’t help myself. I’ve been using this hearty, healthy green in almost every meal! But that’s not a bad thing at all. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse and is beneficial to your health in many ways. One cup of kale has zero fat and only 36 calories and is high in vitamins and antioxidants. You can eat this green raw or cooked. Enjoy in salads, soups, stews, stir-fries, and smoothies.

If you’re really crazy for kale and other healthy dark leafy greens, you’ll enjoy exploring these super-nutritious veggies in Nava’s recent book, Wild About Greens.

Detoxification and Weight loss
The fiber (5 grams in one cup) and sulfur in kale aid with digestion and liver health. The Vitamin C it contains hydrates your body and increases your metabolism, leading to weight loss and healthy blood sugar levels. The fiber in kale also lowers cholesterol.

Strengthen Your Immune System
Kale’s impressive concentration of nutrients strengthens the immune system and fights viruses and bacteria. Kale has more iron than beef, making it a great source of this valuable mineral for vegans and vegetarians. It helps more oxygen get to your blood and greatly helps those who are anemic.

Healthier Hair, Skin & Nails
The healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids keep your body strong, healthy and beautiful from the inside out. Kale’s concentration of major nutrients gives your skin’s health and appearance a boost.

See Clearly and Stand Strong
Kale’s Vitamin A content helps keep the eyes from optical disorders that come with age. It also helps store vitamins in the retina. The calcium and vitamin K keep your bones strong.

Anti-inflammatory
The omega-3 fatty acids in kale help fight and alleviate arthritis, autoimmune disorders and asthma. The vitamin C content helps relieve stiff joints.

Fighting Disease
Kale, like other dark green veggies, may be helpful in preventing various cancers such as colon, prostate and ovarian. Its abundant vitamin K content is important for bone health, forestalling the effects of osteoporosis. And the folic acid and B6 provide cardiovascular support and prevent heart disease.

Even More Kale Benefits

  • Explore the kale recipes here on VegKitchen
  • For more tips on plant-based nutrition, make sure to browse VegKitchen’s Nutrition page.
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  • Hi, all the good things said about kale. Just wondering here in Uganda what is referred to as kale is a fruit like green oval shaped thing having like thorns on its skin/surface and has seeds inside, taste not great at all. Whats the real name for it.
    Hope to hear your response.

    Kind Regards,

    VINE

    • Hello Vince — what you're describing almost sounds like a cousin to prickly pear! Which of course is nothing like kale. I would have no idea what it's called in your language. Here's a post from another site that shows photos of a few varieties of kale: http://localglobalkitchen.com/kale-salad/ I hope that helps you to find it in a produce market.

  • kale actually provide many health benefits, from now on I have to put it in a healthy menu daily. thanks for share

  • Both my husband and myself have arthritis, joint problems and our recent blood works shows high cholesterol and triglycerides as well as low iron and thyroid issues for me. After many meds and trying to get to a more natural way of coping with our current ailments. I've decided to loose weight and get healthy... Ive been reading recent chatter, articles and juicing i formation I've started using fresh kale, fresh pineapple, fresh ginger, green apples and any fruit I can get my hands on. I've been combining this with pure egg whites and almond or coconut milk to make smoothies daily ! Is live more recipes for Kale in our diets. Such as dinner recipes and ways to cook kale for our health !
    Regards from Cut Off, Louisiana

  • I make a raw salad every day that includes deep green vegetables like Kale.
    I now make my own kimchi using kale, soaked chea seeds, the root of beet, garlic, dulse sea weed, grated up tumeric, cut up rosemary and thyme. I'm always adding different strong vegetables to Kimchi. I don't start eating the kimchi until they have been jared for more than two weeks. Sometimes I add cabbage cut up very fine.

    Then in the morning I add my kimchi to avocado. I've noticed my eczema conditions improve.
    I constantly create conditions for my body to heal itself!
    I have faith in my body!

  • I\'ve eaten kale for many years, raw right off the plants. I love the taste and the ornamental quality of the foliage.

  • Hi, I have been drinking smoothies and incorporating kale into it and I'm telling you, not be gross but this is a detoxifying drink! Wow, I didn't know adding kale to my smoothies would do this! It is wonderful! I will be eating kale and also growing it in my garden from now on!