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By now you are probably familiar with the superfood Kale.  Kale is a nutrient-rich, power-packed green leafy vegetable.

Kale is known as one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet! It belongs in the same family as collards, broccoli and cabbage.  Here’s a nutritional sneak peak, of what you get when you eat kale:

“One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.” WebMD.

So now that we know Kale is great for are overall heatlh. Here’s why is excellent for your SKIN!

Rich in Vitamins A, C and K 

Kale is an excellent source of phytonutrients as well as Vitamins A, C, and K,  and calcium, which represent some of the requisite nutrients for skin health.  Kale is also one of the richest sources of lutein and contains beta- carotene,  which improves skin elasticity and firmness

Lutein and Vitamin C

Lutein is an antioxident which protects the skin against sun damage from  UVA rays. Vitamin C is known to effectively reduce free radical damage, which  often comes from overexposure to the sun. Free radicals attack the fibers that  support the skin — collagen and elastin — and the breakdown results in  premature aging  skin.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is key to healthy skin and promotes  its  proper repair and maintenance. A diet deficient in Vitamin A can result in  dry, flaky skin. Vitamin A plays a role in repairing healthy tissue  underneath the skin, and preventing damage by free radicals. Vitamin K helps to  reduce dark circles in the delicate area under the eyes, hence it is an  ingredient in some skin care formulations designed to get rid of the  problem.


The skin benefits from calcium include cell renewal and  the regulation of the lipid barrier. When the skin sheds and renews, it needs to  maintain a healthy lipid level. Calcium is also  the most abundant mineral in  the body, a deficiency may cause  dry skin and wrinkling. says  Kale is a good source of calcium. The National Cancer Research Institute noted  in a research report that people with low skin calcium experienced greater  premature aging of the skin and showed higher incidences of skin  cancer.

Kale is so versatile!  You can eat it raw and make a salad using kale,  you can juice it and add fruit for sweetness, you can steam it, sautee it or even add it to your favorite omelet! The possibilities are endless, so pick up some kale today and be Good to Your Skin!


Resources: WebMD, Livestrong.

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  1. I tried juicing kale once. Once. If you have a cacnhe to try kale juice some time don’t.But! That put me off kale for a long time. But recently an article in Bon Appetit singing its praises had me reconsider. The easiest way is sliced in 1/2 ribbons and stir-fried in a smoking hot wok with little slivers of garlic thrown in now and then, and sea salt. If they get a little scorched around the edge in a couple of places, good. Do them in small batches, until they’re bright green. A bit of sea salt and that’s it.I’ve been trying other things. Adding some Ethiopian Berbere was fantastic. Would be good with cottage cheese and niter kebbeh, too.Or, throw in some raisins and scallions, a pat of butter, and a tablespoon of olive oil, sea salt, and a teaspoon or two of sugar and stir. Kind of a rugged version of espinacas catalanas.If you don’t believe, me, well, too bad for you. Here’s one last testimonial. I planted four kale in my garden this morning, and my five-year-old shouted, Mmm! I love kale!

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