Kale: Cruciferous Crusader

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Kale

Kale had a quick rise to fame in recent years because of the cancer-fighting buzz around it. It suddenly became the fashionable go-to ingredient for juices and smoothies. Kale certainly deserves the attention! It’s health benefits are wide and varied, but it’s cancer-fighting skills are what set it apart. Kale is jam packed with cancer-fighting nutrients like beta-carotene (e.g. Kale contains 10 times the amount of beta-carotene of Broccoli, known to be rich in beta-carotene). Higher levels of beta-carotene = lower risk of breast cancer. Kale also contains indole-3 carbinol (I3C) which very simply explained, shifts the metabolism of estrogen away from a potentially tumor promoting estrogen to a safer, less active form of estrogen. Whew - Love that!!! Kale has been studied in the prevention of several types of cancer, and one of the reasons is that it provides comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system. Researchers have identified no less than 45 different flavonoids in kale! These flavonoids provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, protecting the body from oxidative stress.
Kale and its cruciferous friends help support the liver to do its job, protecting the body against toxins. No wonder its all the rage!

Added Benefits

Kale didn’t rise to superfood status for no reason. Kale contains significant levels of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and minerals and also a note-worthy amount of Omega-3’s and fiber. It also contains calcium and is a fantastic source of vitamin K (double the amount of its cruciferous friends) both essential for bone health. Kale can also provide cardiovascular support, because of it cholesterol-lowering ability. If juicing and smoothies aren’t your thing, try one of the recipes below.  Oh, and a special note here! If you have weak digestion or have undergone chemo treatments recently, raw kale can be difficult to digest, and so you may want to start with lightly steamed or sautéed kale.

Basic Sautéed Kale

From www.kitchendaily.com http://www.kitchendaily.com/recipe/basic-sauteed-kale Once you’ve got the hang of this, you can add whatever you like…a little chopped onion, lemon, ginger. Whatever you fancy!

Chopped Kale Salad

This is an amazing salad, and the process of making it is beautifully photographed, so you can’t go wrong :) Chopped Kale Salad with Chickpeas, Toasted Almonds, Sesame Seeds + a Honey Ginger Dressing from Jodi at What’s Cooking Good Looking www.whatscookinggoodlooking.com chopped-kale-salad-WCGL-01 Is kale one of your go to ingredients? Share how you use it below. email_signoff1

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