Green leafy vegetables can greatly improve your overall health. Green leafy vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals, protect your heart, and help fight cancer! I would recommended finding a way to add these to your diet.
A recent report showed that on average Americans eat roughly 1 serving of vegetables per day. If you are only eating 1 serving of veggies a day, I encourage you to eat vegetables that are more nutrient dense. We should all try to consume 3-5 servings of vegetables per day. That would be like training for the Olympics once a week versus every day of the week. We need the valuable nutrients present in these vegetables.
Green leafy vegetables have been proven to have higher amounts of vitamins and minerals than most other vegetables. Here are my favorite three:
Top Three Green Leafy Vegetables
- Spinach – loaded with niacin, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, vitamin B6, calcium, iron, potassium, and especially magnesium. It is definitely a superfood and it has strong alkalizing properties.
- Kale – has extremely high doses of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and antioxidants. This superfood also fights against cancers, especially prostate and colon cancers. Also contains indole-3-carbinol which repairs damaged DNA.
- Broccoli – contains more than adequate levels of protein, vitamin C, and calcium. Helps fight against cancer and has anti-viral properties. Eat broccoli raw as cooking the broccoli destroys some of its antioxidants.
Try to add these green leafy vegetables into your diet on a daily basis. You can use them in salads, as a side dish at with your main meal, or my personal favorite – in a protein/green smoothie. Powdered greens are also another way to get more green leafy vegetables into your diet. I will write more about powdered greens next time. Until then, good luck and enjoy your green leafy vegetables.
Dr Spencer Charlet
Chiropractor in Mooresville, NC