6 Superfood Benefits of Kale & Kale JuicePublished Date:
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a superfood! Wait, what? The term “superfood” gets thrown around a lot, especially when people talk about kale. But what are superfoods? And why is kale always at the top of the list?
A superfood is any raw, natural ingredient that has a high nutrient density. Superfoods are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and bioactive compounds called phytonutrients that offer unique health benefits.
Although all fruits and vegetables are good for you, superfoods like kale give you more nutritional bang for your buck. Think of it as the difference between a shot of espresso and a normal cup of coffee. (Or better yet, a shot of wheatgrass.)
Here are 6 superfood benefits of kale and kale juice:
1. Kale Provides a Full Day’s Worth of Many Vitamins
Did you know that one cup of kale has more vitamin C than an orange? But it’s not the only vitamin in this leafy green vegetable. A serving of raw kale provides a whopping percent daily value of vitamins:
- Vitamin C: 134% Daily Value
- Vitamin A: 206% Daily Value
- Vitamin K: 134% Daily Value
Kale is also high in B vitamins. Thanks to these vitamins, kale is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. It can help you feel healthier and more energized.
2. Kale Helps You Get More Minerals
Kale is an excellent source of minerals. Noshing on a kale salad or sipping a kale juice provides manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium. Your body needs these minerals for a healthy immune system, strong bones, and metabolic function. If you are mineral deficient, turn to kale and other cruciferous vegetables for a boost.
3. Kale is Packed with Antioxidants
Antioxidants are associated with numerous health benefits. They work by helping your body fight harmful compounds called “free radicals,” which cause oxidative stress and may lead to chronic inflammation and certain types of cancer. When you consume more antioxidants, you can lower your risk for these health conditions.
Kale is loaded with antioxidants, including two promising compounds called Quercetin and Kaempferol. Studies suggest that Quercetin and Kaempferol may help lower blood pressure, protect against heart disease, and cancer. Antioxidants in superfoods like kale may also help boost your immune system naturally.
4. Kale Supports Your Digestive System
Like most dark leafy greens, kale is low in calories yet high in fiber and water content. It helps support healthy digestion. Eating more kale or drinking kale juice blends may reduce bloating, constipation, and other digestive issues. Kale also “feeds” the healthy bacteria in our gut’s microbiome.
Plus, if you’re trying to lose weight, the fiber in raw kale will help you feel fuller longer and curb hunger. Try adding an extra handful of kale to your morning green smoothie to feel more satisfied.
5. Kale May Help Fight Cancer & Other Diseases
Thanks to the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in kale, this superfood veggie may help fight cancer and other diseases. Research indicates that cruciferous veggies like kale may reduce the long-term risk of prostate cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer.
6. Kale Helps Promote Healthy Vision
If you still can’t see the health benefits of kale, maybe this fact will open your eyes. The vitamin A in kale comes from beta-carotene, a compound that’s known for promoting healthy vision. Beta-carotene helps our eyes stay sharp. It may reduce the risk of macular degeneration and other eye problems, especially as we age.
Drink More Kale with Little West
At Little West, we use raw kale in several of our cold pressed green juices. If you’re not crazy about eating kale, try flavors like The Clover and Gold’n Greens. These green juices are a crisp, refreshing way to enjoy the superfood health benefits of kale without a strong “kale taste.”
- Little West