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.
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. MayoClinic.com 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.