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Benefits of Collard Greens

Winter is a wonderful time to start adding this leafy, nutrient packed veggie to your diet. I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of collards, that is until I tried them at 4Rivers (a bbq restaurant in my area). They were phenomenal and I crave them regularly. Naturally I got curious about the health benefits of this green leafy plant. So here goes, the collard green.

  • The leaves and stems are good in minerals like iron, calcium, copper, manganese, selenium and zinc.
  • Rich in many vital B-complex groups of minerals such as niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and riboflavin.
  • Amazingly high levels of vitamin-K. Provides 426% of recommended daily levels per 100 leaves.
    • Vitamin K has a potential role in the increase of bone mass. It also limits neuronal brain damage in Alzheimer’s disease patients.
  • Excellent source of vitamin-A (222% of RDA per 100 g) and carotenoid anti-oxidants such as lutein, carotenes, zea-xanthin, crypto-xanthin.
    • Vitamin A also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for healthy vision. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Very low in calories (provide only 30 calories per 100 g).
  • Contains no cholesterol.
  • Leaves contain a very good amount of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber that helps control LDL cholesterol levels and offer protection against hemorrhoids, constipation as well as colon cancer diseases.
*Source: nutrition-and-you.com - Read more.
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