Leafy greens are rightly considered to be nutritional superstars. They are rich sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre, but at the same time are extremely low in fat and sugar. This makes them an ideal food to bulk up and flavour your meals with, without adding extra calories – nature’s perfect weight-management food! Even better, including plenty of them in your diet has also been shown to help reduce your risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even certain cancers!
These are some of the health-promoting nutrients that you can get from leafy greens:
Vitamin A helps with good vision and healthy immune function. Leafy greens are a good source of pro-vitamin A carotenoids like beta-carotene which your body can use to make vitamin A.
Vitamin C required for the growth and repair of tissues throughout your body, including bones and teeth. It can also function as an antioxidant, protecting your DNA from damage by free radicals. Vitamin C can help your body absorb iron from plant-based (non-haem) sources like beans, lentils and broccoli.
Vitamin K plays an important role in helping your blood to clot which stops continuous bleeding when we have a cut or bruise. There is also increasing evidence that vitamin K improves bone health and reduces the risk of bone fractures, but researchers are still looking into this.
Folate is a B-vitamin essential for the healthy development in early pregnancy, particularly in preventing neural tube defects. It is also important in DNA synthesis and the building or repairing of tissues like red blood cells.
Potassium is an electrolyte that helps keeps fluids balanced in your blood and tissues. Potassium also helps to control blood pressure and leafy greens are a particularly good source.
Magnesium is essential for hundreds of different processes in your body, including energy production, bone development, mineral balance, muscle contraction and protein and DNA synthesis.
Calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth. While dairy foods are the best source, some leafy greens contain high amounts of calcium as well.
Fiber helps to make you feel full and aids in weight loss. Fiber is essential in keeping your digestive system healthy and keep your bowel movements regular. Eating a diet high in fiber has been shown to reduce your risk of a range of health conditions including diverticular disease, heart disease, diabetes and bowel cancer
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