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Health Benefits of Leafy Vegetables

Posted by Krishna Bora on Fri, Mar 7, 2014  
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Green leafy vegetables are good for your health, you must have heard it a lot of times. But what is the reason that people keep emphasising on the importance of green leafy vegetables, but what are actually the health benefits of green leafy vegetables altogether? Here are some of the health benefits of green leafy vegetables:

 

1. Leafy greens, like kale, spinach, watercress, cabbage, turnip greens, collard greens, and arugula, have some same nutrient profiles, including vitamins K, A, and C; calcium; potassium; beta-carotene; manganese; folate; magnesium; iron; and ample amount of dietary fiber.

 

2. In a research, 940 women discovered a 40 percent of decrease in the incidence of ovarian cancer in women with the highest dietary kaempferol amount. Along with broccoli, kale is one of the best sources of kaempferol. It has also been linked with a reduced risk of heart diseases.

 

3. Spinach is extremely rich in iron, which protects the immune system. It also helps the body produce energy. It's especially necessary for menstruating and pregnant women, who require higher levels of iron due to blood loss. Deficiency of iron could cause anemia.

 

4. Dark leafy greens like Swiss chard, spinach, kelp, and turnip greens are also excellent sources of magnesium. This mineral has been linked with benefits like lowering high blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, strengthening bones, aiding in sleep, relaxing muscles, and relieving stress, and anxiety.

 

5. Magnesium also adds in calcium absorption in the body, which helps significantly in preventing osteoporosis; many studies on women show that magnesium helps maintain bone density.

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