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Curly Kale

Endorsed by nutritionists all over the world because of its incredible nutritional potential!

Endorsed by nutritionists all over the world because of its incredible nutritional potential! This wonderful crinkly vegetable has some delicious uses as well.
TRY ME I'M GOOD IN...
Sea salt and vinegar kale crisps, a kale, avocado and coconut oil smoothie, a kale, ricotta and squash omelette and sesame roasted kale.
FACTS
  • Kale originated in the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor, where it was cultivated for food from 2000 BC.
  • It has green or purple leaves, and the central leaves do not form a head (as with headed cabbages).
  • Kales are considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most of the many domesticated forms of brassicas.
  • Genus: Brassica and the species Brassica oleracea Family: Brassicaceae.

WHY ARE THEY SO GOOD?

Vitamin C – 120mg/100g (200% RDA)

It is an antioxidant required for a large number of metabolic functions in the human body. It also aids in immunity and in healing wounds and can repair tissues (like collagen). Helps in the absorption of iron and along side other nutrients, such as zinc, vitamin E and lutein can prevent age related macular degeneration.

Vitamin A – 15376U/100g (308% RDA)

It maintains health of certain tissues like those in the retina. It also helps in growth and keeps the skin healthy and promotes regular development of skeletal tissue and teeth. It also required for maintaining healthy mucosa and it has been found to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Vitamin K – 817mcg/100g (1021% RDA)

It helps to produce prothrombin, a protein and blood clotting factor. It has a potential role in bone health by promoting osteoblastic (bone formation and strengthening) activity. It may help limit neuronal damage in the brain, by helping to regulate calcium that causes some of the damage done to the brain in Alzheimer’s.

Manganese – 0.8mg/100g (34% RDA)

Manganese is a part of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), which is arguably one of the most important endogenous antioxidants in your body. It may aid in blood sugar regulation, as manganese is heavily concentrated in the pancreas and is involved in the production of insulin, which removes sugar from your blood. Manganese helps activate many enzymes used in the metabolism of nutrients.

Calcium – 135mg/100g (14% RDA)

Your body needs calcium to build and maintain strong bones. Your heart, muscles and nerves also need calcium to function properly. Calcium, along with vitamin D, may have benefits beyond bone health, as some studies suggest it can protect against cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Other nutrients – various mg/100g

Kale contains health-promoting, cancer preventing phytochemicals, sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol and di-indolyl-methane – an effective immune modulator, anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent. Kale has the flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol, which have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. It is also a very rich source of ß-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin – an important dietary carotenoid, beneficial for eye health.

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