In the cruciferous vegetable family, kale packs a powerful punch of nutrients in its leaves. Nutrients in these leaves include antioxidants, macronutrients, and phytonutrients. This superfood has been said to assist in cancer prevention, efficiently lower cholesterol, promote good eyesight, and fight against the common cold and flu. Some of its most valuable nutrients are Vitamins K, A, and C, Manganese, and Fiber.
As if being packed with these powerful phytonutrients isn't enough kale also manifests the ability to prevent cancer. The ability lies in its rich sources of organosulphur compounds known as glucosinolates which are broken down into the anticancer compounds called isothiocynates. Isothiocynates then induce cancer-destroying enzymes and inhibit carcinogenesis.
In addition to organosulphur compounds, kale displays a great deal of carotenoids, vitamin A compounds. As we all know Vitamin A is beneficial in that it promotes good eyesight. Two main carotenoids in kale are lutein and zeaxanthin, which work as a filter to aid in preventing damage to the eyes during exposure to ultraviolent rays.
Last but not least kale has a cholesterol lowering effect with its abundant source of fiber. These fiber components bind easily to bile acids which makes it easier for them to be excreted and results in lower cholesterol levels.
Next time you want to try something new for dinner go for kale. You can cook it many different ways, although the best way to reap the best benefits is to steam it. Other ways you can cook it are stewed, in a salad, sauteed, and baked as chips.