Collard Greens

Collard Greens

Collard Greens are not widely known, but the more they research the health benefits of this super-food power-house, the higher it ranks. Recent studies show that collard greens are more effective in lowering cholesterol than it’s better known cousins brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage. It also contains 4 different glucosinolates, which prove to lower cancer risk by supporting the anti-inflammatory system.

Collard Greens are descendants of the wild cabbage and date back to 600 B.C. They were introduced to the U.S. some time in the 17th century and have been a traditional addition to southern cooking ever since.

 

Proven Benefits

  • Proven Cancer Prevention
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Powerful Antioxidant
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Detoxification
  • Cardiovascular Support
  • Digestive Support

 

Cancer Prevention– Cancer is most abundant when more than one risk factor is present. Something that sets collard greens apart from other healthy foods is the way it helps the body in multiple key ways. The combination of detoxification, anti-inflammatory, and its powerful anti-oxidant properties make it a 1-2-3 punch. It has been associated in lowering the chances of colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer to name a few.

Lowers Cholesterol– The fiber in collard greens bind with the bile acids in the body and flushes out cholesterol with it. Science has shown that steaming leafy vegetables make them more effective in this process.

Anti-Oxidant– Collard greens have a large concentration of anti-oxidants. The most prevalent are vitamin C, E, manganese and beta-carotene.

Anti-Inflammatory– Omega 3’s and Vitamin K reduce inflammation and even prevent an inflammatory response before it has a chance to harm us.

Detoxification– Four well-known glucosinolates help activate enzymes and balance your body. These phytonutrients reduce the risk of cell damage by toxins that lead to chronic health problems including cancer.

Cardiovascular- Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Collard greens help keep the elasticity of our vessels by lowering the inflammation inside our veins and arteries. This loss of elasticity is called atherosclerosis and it the precursor to cardiovascular disease. Along with the cholesterol lowering fiber content, it is a must eat for heart health.

Digestive- In just one cup there is over 5 grams of fiber! It’s easy to reach your daily allowance of fiber with such a fiber rich vegetable. Collard greens also helps protect the lining of our stomach and prevents bacterial growth.

Did You know?

Collard Greens

 

Cooking collard greens too long will ruin the flavor and some of the health benefits. The best way to cook collard greens is to steam them for 3-5 minutes. Toss in your choice of lemon and/or garlic, and eat right away. Cooking or steaming it too long can release an unpleasant sulfur smell and also inactivate some of the fiber content.
Collard greens have an unusually high amount of folate. Folate is a B-vitamin and is important for cardiovascular health.



 

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