March 21, 2019 - Good Housekeeping
Kale Is Actually One of the Healthiest Things You Can Eat
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A cup full of kale can help your body out in a number of ways. Here's what all those vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant compounds in kale can do:
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- Reduce your risk of chronic disease: The immune-boosting carotenoids in kale help protect cells from the DNA disruption and oxidative stress that can, over time, increase your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and some cancers.
- Protect against vision loss: Just one cup of kale has more than your whole day's worth of the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, which help shield ocular tissues from harmful UV damage and may reduce your risk of cataracts.
- Help lower blood pressure: The potassium, calcium, and magnesium in kale and other veggies help counterbalance the effects of sodium that can lead to hypertension.
- Strengthen your bones: Kale supplies 10% of your daily value for calcium, an important nutrient linked to bone-mineral density — good to know if you’re lactose intolerant!