6 Healthy Reasons to Eat Curly Kale
by Dr. Mariangel Leota
It grows on all sides, in cold and wet areas, the kale is an easy to grow vegetable that is always growing, its cultivation is quite generous and in a short time you can have an immense amount of curly kale, best of all this is very nutritious, inexpensive, and easy to cook.
You can cut the smaller leaves to mix them in a salad with a dressing of olive oil, you can prepare a vinaigrette or make a dressing with yogurt. You can use the largest and darkest leaves to prepare stews, with meat, creams of curly kale, with chicken, you can add them in pizza, in green juices, with rice, potatoes, baked, fried, with fish or seafood. You can prepare a wide variety of delicious and healthy food, the best thing of that, is the flavor and the nutrients that it contributes. Without a doubt, it is a very versatile and unique vegetable.
Its harvest is quick and easy, it remains crispy for a short time, so the ideal thing is to eat it fresh, freshly harvested. You can have it in your garden, a small space for your curly kale, where you can select the freshest and nicest for your salad. The darkest leaves are the ones that have the highest intensity of nutrients, besides this, they have an incredible flavor.
The intense green of its leaves and fast growth, hides a quantity of vitamins and minerals that we cannot imagine, it seems to be any herb, but in fact its nutritive power is very optimal Its consumption is special for pregnant women because of its folic acid content, for people suffering from anemia, for its content of iron and vitamin B12, especially to stimulate the formation of hemoglobin and red blood cells, and it is also special if you want to prevent aging , for the powerful antioxidants and vitamins that especially care for your skin. For these characteristics, cruciferous vegetables such as kale, have become the vegetable queen of superfoods.
Its cultivation is very common in Europe because it is favored by cold weather, its influence on European cuisine is quite broad and is part of many main menus. It is an excellent garnish that adapts to many flavors and styles of cuisine.
Are you vegetarian? The Curly Kale is your best ally
It is a vegetable with a wide variety of nutrients, all the essential elements for you, a portion of the kale at lunch can provide the necessary nutrients in the replacement of meat or milk. The portion of a cup, which is usually seen during lunch, faster than a glass of milk, more iron than meat, a large amount of vitamin C, K and A.
The curly kale is your perfect ally in your nutrition, an important vegetable that you cannot ignore and that should always be present in your recipes, its total versatility and pleasant flavor allows it to be part of many vegetarian recipes. Cruciferous vegetables like curly kale are a great source of all the nutrients needed for good nutrition.
Zero calories, kale curly is the ideal vegetable to lose weight
If you are looking to lose weight and are looking for delicious vegetables, very nutritious, high in antioxidants, fat free and best of all without calories, curly kale is the perfect vegetable to include in all your meals. Is this possible? The truth is that, yes, for every 100 grams you consume of curly kale, it contains only 40 calories, a really insignificant amount for the amount of 100 grams of food. So, you can get an idea, two bites of a chocolate cookie, can have more than 40 calories.
The best kale curly quality that makes it perfect for your diet is 100% fat free, its fat content is totally zero and it is perfect for weight loss.
Revitalize your skin with this incredible vegetable
You will not believe how incredibly beneficial curly kale is for your skin, its vitamin properties are important to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin, your hair, your nails and even your eyes. The skin is the reflection of your diet and you cannot neglect it by eating processed foods, with saturated fats that accelerate aging and make you vulnerable to suffer from wrinkles, dry skin and acne.
To have a beautiful, tense, soft, hydrated and rejuvenated skin it is necessary to consume fresh vegetables with a high variety of vitamins, such as curly kale, its vitamin content It is quite broad and its benefits are special for health and the beauty.
The curly kale contains vitamin A and vitamin C, totally specific to rejuvenate and keep the skin soft, retinol directly influences the health of your eyes as well as stimulating the formation of proteins that prevent the appearance of wrinkles and annoying scars, as it is elastin and collagen.
Avoid diseases, strengthen your immune system
The immune system is a set of cells and tissues responsible for preventing infectious diseases in the body. Infectious diseases are caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses and these are attacked by the immune system when entering our body. If you suffer from bronchitis, skin infections, urinary infections, vaginal infections or other diseases, your immune system may be weakened.
The immune system is weakened by poor nutrition, it is necessary to have a balanced diet with a large supply of vitamins and minerals essential for its functioning. Include curly kale in your diet, is to include a wide variety of minerals such as zinc and vitamins such as vitamin C, which strengthen the immune system when it is weakened. By consuming 100 grams of curly kale a day, you are contributing to the health of your immune system and avoiding many diseases.
All the vitamin K you need a day, in a single cup of curly kale
Do you buy Vitamin K supplements? It may not make sense, if you knew that a simple cup of this simple vegetable contains 380% of the necessary Vitamin K per day. Incredible, do not you think? This is curly kale, an immense vegetable source of vitamin K.
This vitamin is very important for many indispensable processes for life. They work as a major factor in blood clotting, in addition to increasing Calcium absorption in the bones, preventing arthritis and osteoporosis.
If you suffer from coagulation problems, if your blood does not clot properly and you have constant bruises on the skin, it may be due to a deficiency of vitamin K. Eat the amount of curly kale a day and strengthen your blood clotting.
Do you know its importance in the fight against cancer?
All cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower or curly kale, are in constant studies to determine its effectiveness against cancer. Many of these studies have concluded with wonderful results, the curly kale is able to prevent the formation of cancer cells.
Its anticancer potential is totally impressive, it seems that the denser its color, the more benefits this plant contains. Recently, many studies have been done about Indol-3-carbinol, an interesting biological compound capable of repairing DNA damaged by cancer cells, preventing the spread of malignant cells to other areas of the body and preventing damage to important organs.
In addition to its content of indole-3-carbinol, it also contains a wide variety of antioxidants, all of them very important in the fight against cancer, such as phytochemical content, which is quite broad and has proven effective in the fight against prostate cancer and colorectal cancer.
All the minerals you need, in a cup of curly kale
If you practice a sport or go to the gym every day, you know the importance of replacing the minerals lost during training. During physical exertion, the organism uses all available energy reserves and a small part of it is found in the muscles. To make use of these energy reserves, the organism a large reserve of minerals.
In addition to this, another large part of the minerals is lost in sweat, which is why it is important to replenish minerals quickly after exercise.
Surely you have bought a large variety of products that promise to replenish all the minerals you need, but there is nothing better than doing it naturally, free of preservatives and added sugars, a green juice with curly kale after training can provide up to 30% potassium, 20% magnesium and 13% of the calcium you need. In addition to its vitamin content, it is a complete boost of energy.
Tips to eat curly kale
- It is ideal to make juices for its abundant nutrients, you can mix it with citrus fruits such as orange, pineapple or lemon. Drink after training or at breakfast
- Replace the lettuce of the usual sandwich, by kale. The caramelized onion sandwich with melted cheese and kale is delicious.
- Prepare a salad of kale with pieces of chicken, or grilled salmon and a vinaigrette of equal parts of oil and chicken broth with an egg yolk, is a delicious option.
Cooking With Gibi – Fresh Cavatelli Pasta & Kale
Green detox juice of curly kale to lose weight
- Some sheets of curly kale
- 2 large strawberries
- 1 slice of pineapple
- 1 mint leaf
Blend the curly kale leaves, with the 2 strawberries, mint and pineapple slice, Serve cold and drink at breakfast or after the gym