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Why Dark Green Vegetables Are Good For You
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Why Dark Green Vegetables Are Good For You

You've probably heard it from your friends, your family, and especially your doctor. You've probably wondered why dark green vegetables are better for you. Read on to learn how dark greens can improve your health and well-being, as well as prevent disease.

Dark leafy greens are excellent sources of Vitamins A, C, and K. Dark green vegetables also contain important minerals like calcium, iron and folate. This makes them an excellent alternative to getting calcium from non-dairy sources. The folate can improve heart health and also prevent birth defects in pregnant women and women who want to become pregnant. They also have beta-carotene and lutein, which have proven themselves in preventing several types of cancer in its early stages. Folate is also a cancer fighter. They are also full of fiber, which can help you lose weight and keep your digestive system healthy.

Vitamin K is needed for blood coagulation and is involved with bone metabolism. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant by protecting our bodies against oxidative stress, which is known to be involved with many diseases including Bipolar disorder, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Schizophrenia, chronic fatigue syndrome and heart failure to name a few. Vitamin A is necessary for eye health.

Minerals such as Calcium are essential for cell physiology in living organisms. Iron is essential in that it carries oxygen from our lungs throughout our body through protein hemoglobin. When we are iron deficient we are anemic, and our muscles are not storing and using enough oxygen. Folate or Folic Acid is necessary for numerous bodily functions. A deficiency in Folate can include macrocytic anemia, diarrhea, pregnancy complications, mental confusion, forgetfulness, mental depression, headaches, irritability, heart palpitations and many behavior disorders, along with an increased risk of some cancers. Dark green vegetables are loaded with health.

You need at least half a cup of dark green vegetables a day to get the health benefits listed above. Spinach, kale, arugula, broccoli, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, and mustard greens are all examples of the leafy vegetables you need. These can be added to salads with a little dressing for a quick lunch. You can also try stir-frying them or adding them to soups. Steaming is another option for tenderizing vegetables. They can also be added to sauces for pasta and meat. Frozen spinach is great to keep in your freezer to add to many kinds of meals. Check your local farmer’s market for great deals on these fresh items.

You should talk to your doctor about any changes you want to make to your diet. Your doctor is also a great source for health information and can answer any questions you may have. Chances are your doctor will be happy to hear that you want to add dark green vegetables to your diet, and you’ll be happy with the benefits.


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