Why Greens Are Important For You?

September 20, 2018

Why Greens Are Important For You?

Leafy greens are rich in vitamins (A, C, E, D, K, B12, folate, and others), minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, chloride, and others), fibre, water, antioxidants, and chlorophyll.

Various vitamins in leafy greens assist the body in collagen creation, aid in joint flexibility, prevent the formation of free radicals, keep hair, skin, and nails healthy and beautiful, help maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, heal and soothe skin tissue, play an important role in the formation of red blood cells and the use of vitamin K, produce energy, assist in the functioning of the digestive system, skin, nerves, and bones, reduce the risk of memory loss, and play a strategic role in regulating cell growth and reproduction.

The fibre in leafy greens keeps you full for longer and keeps you regular. Fibre can also lower cholesterol, normalize blood pressure, and maintain the health of the heart. What’s more, fibre balances production and absorption of insulin into your bloodstream, thus lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Your body needs minerals in order to receive and process vitamins. Minerals are important building blocks that are essential for proper nutrition and health. For example, the calcium in leafy greens builds and maintains strong bones and teeth, maintains nerve and muscle function, lowers blood pressure, and aids in kidney function.

As for potassium, it promotes clear thinking, regulates and normalizes heart rhythm, regulates blood pressure, and assists your body in maintaining a proper balance of water.

Leafy greens also contain manganese, which acts as an antioxidant that fights free radicals, aids in the metabolism of vitamin B1 and vitamin E, aids in the repair of damaged tissue, and assists in the blood breakdown of amino acids.

Since leafy greens are made of 92% water, they keep your cells hydrated, cleansing them of any metabolic waste. Water is also responsible for transporting oxygen, fat and glucose to your muscles.

Leafy greens help you stay young and fit, and increase production of serotonin, thus contributing to your happiness and good mood. Greens prevent different types of cancer, boost bone health, help fuel your body, promote vision health, and improve detoxification of the liver, gallbladder, and kidneys.

On top of every benefit described above, dark leafy greens used in smoothies are rich in chlorophyll, which (through the process known as photosynthesis) produces food for plants and is considered a liquefied form of the sun’s energy.

The chemical structure of chlorophyll is close to that of your own blood, therefore making it a life-enhancing element for your health and your body. Chlorophyll has healing properties and it increases the number of red blood cells that transport oxygen to your cells, hence keeping harmful bacteria at bay.

Chlorophyll detoxifies the liver, boosts your immune system, lowers inflammation, acts as a mild diuretic, enhances the health of the thyroid and the spleen, lowers irritability, increases the level of haemoglobin, provides iron for the organs, cleanses the tissues of the internal organs, heals wounds, keeps mouth odour away, improves eyesight, and fights free radicals in your body. Chlorophyll can also combat different types of cancer and atherosclerosis because it is the most alkaline element in existence.

Rotate your greens and enjoy their health benefits in your smoothies.

About the Author

Galina Naihin

Holistic Nutrition

Richmond Hill

I have a big passion for health and a desire to help people. As a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, I’d like to raise awareness of how important...

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