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4 Benefits of Eating Greens

It’s estimated that over 40% of adults in the Western world have vitamin and mineral deficiencies, especially vitamins A, C, D, E, K and calcium and magnesium. This deficiency can lead to various illnesses and a general feeling of malaise.  It can easily be rectified by eating a selection of greens every day. 

  1. Fibre and a Healthy Digestive System

Greens are packed with fibre which helps us to: -

  • Maintain a healthy digestive system
  • Avoid diseases of the bowel and colon
  • Manage our weight
  • Improve blood sugar levels
  • Grow good gut bacteria

 

  1. Cardiovascular Health

Eating a variety of greens has a positive effect on heart health: -

  • Regulates the production of erythropoietin, a hormone that increases the viscosity of the blood
  • This, in turn, reduces the risk of blood clots, strokes and heart attacks
  • Regulates cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • They assist our internal blood pressure regulator – nitric oxide
  • They convert high homocysteine into harmless amino acids

 

  1. Eye Health

Our grandmothers told us that carrots were to go-to veg for eye health, now we must add greens to the list.

  • Contain lutein which is essential for eye health
  • Contain zeaxanthin – again an important carotenoid for healthy eyes
  • Lutein  and zeaxanthin help with detailed vision and blue light absorption
  • Help prevent macular degeneration
  • Help prevent cataracts
  • The nitrates in greens convert to nitric oxide which improves blood flow to the eyes

 

  1. Healthy Skin

The high content of vitamins and minerals in greens helps our skin in the following ways: -

  • Vitamin A helps with acne, flushes out toxins and strengthens the skin
  • Vitamin E protects against free radical damage
  • Folate helps to make and repair cells
  • Beta carotene protects against sun damage and is an antioxidant
  • Chlorophyll protects against free radical damage
  • Lutein protects against sun damage, increases elasticity and hydration
  • Vitamin C enables our bodies to produce collagen
  • Apr 14, 2019
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