Super Greens: the FactsPosted on April 26th, 2012
The benefits of eating green leafy vegetables are well known. But which are the most Super Green? Nutritionist, Annie Frame, from Biotherapy in New Zealand, helps explore the best of the bunch.
Kale is top of the greens list, rich in calcium, iron, beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, and K, and research shows, plenty of cancer-busting chemicals. Add kale to your simple salad recipe for crunch and delicious flavour.
Belonging to the gourd family, cucumbers have been used for centuries for their anti-inflammatory qualities, reducing redness and cleansing the system; they have even been known to lift depression. With only eight calories in a cucumber, a cucumber juice is refreshing and high in Vitamin C, beta-carotene and magnesium.
Ever heard of negative calories? With its low-calorie dietary fibre bulk, celery is great for riboflavin, vitamin B6, dietary fibre, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, C, K, folate and calms the liver. No wonder a celery juice is great for digestion!
Pop-Eye knew about the benefits of spinach! High in antioxidants, vitamin A, iron and folate, spinach cleanses the blood of toxins, and is also excellent for constipation and urinary difficulties.
Why not try a kale, cucumber, celery and spinach super green juice with a hint of mint to jumpstart your day!