Health Benefits of Green Leafy Vegetables


Ruler's of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
The health benefits of green leafy vegetables are many, and as such they should be an important part of a healthy diet.

Greens are packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that prevent cancer and other diseases. According to the food pyramid guidelines, an average adult needs 3 cups of leafy greens per week.

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Dark leafy greens are a rich source of vitamin C, K, E, and B, as well as iron, calcium, and fiber, which are essential for good health. Recent studies have shown that Vitamin K plays an important role in preventing osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, and atherosclerosis. Vitamin E has been shown to prevent skin cancer.

Greens contain beta carotene (vitamin A), lutein, and zeaxanthin which are powerful antioxidants that destroy free radicals (that damage and weaken our body cells), and help protect our bodies from cancer. Beta carotene strenghtens the immune system, while lutein and zeaxanthin prevent degenerative eye diseases like cataract.

They are also known to slow down general age-related cellular degeneration, and are great for our skin, hair, and nails. Our bodies convert the beta carotene in leafy greens like spinach to vitamin A which regulates the production and turnover of cells so skin's surface is smooth.

Vitamin A has also been shown to reduce skin sensitivity to sun. For excellent skin health, include three 1-cup servings of foods rich in beta-carotene such as spinach and other greens.

Greens also contain folate, which plays an important role in the repair of damaged cells. Folate is known to reduce the risk of colon, lung, cervix, and breast cancer.

The phytochemicals or antioxidants in greens like bok choy and kale are enzymes that help fight cancer. These enzymes also help with digestion and keep our digestive tract healthy.

Greens are a rich source of potassium and magnesium. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure, and magnesium regulates blood sugar. A new study conducted at University of Leicester, UK, has shown that eating one and a half cup of extra servings of green leafy vegetables a day reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by 14 percent. Greens such as spinach may also help reduce type 2 diabetes risk due to their high magnesium content.

Greens are low in calories, have no cholesterol, and are fat-free, and as such a must for any weight-loss plan. A diet rich in green leafy vegetables coupled with physical exercise, whether yoga or something else, is great for your health.
Aug 27, 2012
Well green vegetables contain, many kinds of vitamins and mineral this are beneficial to our health.Nutrients should come primarily from foods. Foods such, as fruits and vegetables contain not only the mineral and vitamin that are often found, in supplement but also other naturally occurring substance that may help protect you from chronic diseases.

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