If you haven't tried Kale, now might be the time. Kale is a super green that is packed to the max with nutrition that puts it high on the list of the world's healthiest foods.
One cup of raw kale (about 67 grams or 2.4 ounces contains (1):
Vitamin A: 206% of the RDA (From beta-carotene).
Vitamin K:684% of the RDA
Vitamin C: 134% of the RDA
Vitamin B6: 9% of the RDA
Manganese: 26% of the RDA
Calcium: 9% of the RDA
Copper:10% of the RDA
Potassium: 9% of the RDA
Magnesium: 6% of the RDA
Then it contains 3% or more of the RDA for Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Ribioflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Iron and Phosphorus.
This comes with a total of 33 calories, 6 grams of carbs (2 of which are fiber) and 3 grams of protein..
Kale is very high in antioxidants. This includes beta-carotene, vitamin C, as well as various flavonoids and polyphenols. Kale can help lower Cholesterol, which may reduce the risk of heart disease, it has compounds that are believed to have protective effects against cancer including Sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol, and is a good source of minerals that most people don't get enough of. Lastly, Kale is high in Lutein and Zeaxanthin, powerful nutrients that protect the eyes. Some studies have shown that people who eat enough Lutein and Zeaxanthin can have a lower risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
I know how good Kale is for you and in summer it is abundant. Fresh, lovely and ready to go on the table. Come winter and spring, kale quadruples in price and looks very sad.
Lets face it: How many people can eat Kale every single day and get enough of it to do any good? If you can afford the price when it is off season, can you really eat it every day???? I thought about this for my husband and myself and decided to dehydrate Kale and put it into vegetarian capsules so we can each consume one quarter cup a day, every day rain or shine. My Kale comes form a farmer about a mile down the road from me. He picks it for me and I go each day while in season to pick up my cases to wash, dry, dehydrate, pulverize, and put into capsules.
My mother had a stroke this year on January 28th in Washington state. She had another stroke 9 days later that was devastating. It took us until March 27th, 2017 to get her healthy enough to fly. She was in rehab out in Washington, as well as going to a Coumadin Clinic three times a week to adjust her Warafin and check her levels. We have not lost any time and had all her appointments duplicated here. Even on Coumadin or Warafin our bodies need some sort of Vitamin K. This of course is up to the people in charge of your medical issues. With my mother, the pharmacist in charge of the clinic and I determined how much vitamin K my mother needs per day and what her threshold is. These are determined in micro grams. My story is this: My mother is a very picky eater, doesn't like to eat foods twice, is diabetic, has heart failure, and doesn't like many vegetables. She needs to be consistent on how much vitamin K she is getting in her body while taking Warafin. The person in charge of the Clinic and I talked, and figured out how much kale she would need each day from my pills to "make up" the vitamin K when she doesn't get it in her diet that day. At the end of the day, I add up her vitamin K foods, and pour my capsules into a kefir smoothie for her. I add things she can have with her limitations, but it actually tastes like a shake. My point is I am adjusting her vitamin K levels with the kale capsules at the end of the day and it is working for us. Everybody is different and compliance and understanding of medical limitations varies from person to person.
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