The Top 8 Leafy Greens For Your Health


top-8-leafy-greens-for-your-healthIncluding green veggies into a diet, to assist in being healthy, is a well known fact. This isLeafy Green Salad a time tested practice that has been handed down for generations and is still popular today.

If you are following an Ayurvedic body type of diet, you will want to check which specific greens are best for your dosha type. All greens are not suitable to all of the doshas.

As an overview, we found an interesting write-up at care2.com, that was written by Katie Waldeck. She mentions the top 8 greens that have the most benefits for remaining healthy. Here they are:

1. Kale
Nutritional Information: Rising star kale certainly deserves its place in the spotlight. Rich in vitamins A, C, K, B6, as well as calcium and magnesium. It definitely earns its title as a “superfood” — it’s packed with anti-cancer and*cholesterol-lowering antioxidants. These antioxidants also promote heart and eye health

2. Collards
Nutritional Information: Collard greens are a true leafy rockstar. For one thing, a serving of collard greens has more calcium than a glass of milk!*They’re also packed with several potent anti-cancer properties, and are perhaps the best leafy green for lowering cholesterol. They’re also rich in vitamins K, C, & A.

3. Spinach
Nutritional Information: Popeye isn’t the only one raving about the greatness of spinach. This leafy green is rich in iron, calcium, and a whole alphabet of vitamins. One property in spinach has been shown to help combat prostate cancer more than any other popular veggie!

4. Broccoli Rabe (Rapini)
Nutritional Information: Don’t be confused by the name — broccoli rabe, or rapini, isn’t related to that famous veggie of the name name, it’s actually related to turnips! Rapini has plenty of vitamin C, as well as K, A, iron and calcium.

5. Dandelion Greens
Nutritional Information: Dandelions are often thought of as a pesky weed. But the greens of dandelions aren’t pesky at all — in fact, they’re nutritional powerhouses! Some even consider dandelion greens to be one of the most*nutritious vegetable around! In addition to so many of the nutritional perks and antioxidants that other leafy greens give you, dandelion greens are great for digestion and combating viruses.

6. Cabbage
Nutritional Information: Hundreds of studies have shown that cabbage is an excellent cancer-combating veggie. It’s also great for your digestive track and your heart. Bok choy, a Chinese cousin of cabbage, is also a nutritious — and delicious — leafy green.

7. Turnip Greens
Nutritional Information: The greens on top of the turnip roots are discarded all too often. And it’s a shame, really, because the greens are nutritional powerhouses! They are exceptionally bitter, a taste that has been linked in part to its abundant calcium content. Like so many leafy greens on this list, turnip greens are high in vitamins A, K and C. They have plenty of antioxidants and contain plenty of fiber.

8. Chard
Nutritional Information: With colorful stems and bright green leaves, chard is definitely one of the prettiest greens out there. And, with plenty of vitamins A and C, as well as hefty doses of iron and fiber, its nutritional value is nothing to sneeze at, either.

Read the original piece at:*www.care2.com.

That was informative. How many of the named greens are you able to incorporate into your daily diet? Is there a leafy green that you use that is not mentioned?

As with most things vegetable, you should attempt to buy 100% organic and locally grown. Doing this, will insure you are not sabotaging your health by ingesting chemicals and genetically modified organisms.

Our take:
Do you have any good recipes for the above mentioned greens?
What else can you add about the benefits of eating leafy greens?