The smart way to lose weight is to realize the importance of green vegetables in your diet. These green vegetables have almost zero calories and are packed with vitamin, A, C, K and E. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other substances found in plants, that help safeguard against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many cancers.
These vegetables are very nutrient dense, with very little calories, therefore excellent for weight management as well. Greens are a brilliant source of natural fibre, aiding digestion and slowing the rate at which your body absorbs sugar. This prevents sharp rises in blood glucose.
The leafy green vegetables contain lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that lowers the risk of macular degeneration and cataract risk in the eyes. Just 10 gm of dark leafy vegetables would promote eye health.
Dark green leafy vegetables are packed with antioxidants. Highly dense in nutrition they are a good source of vitamins A which builds body’s natural defence, vitamin C boosts immunity and gives vibrant skin. Vitamin K assists in natural healing of the body. Antioxidants such as kaempferol, prevents cancer cell formation.
Spinach is the most widely consumed vegetable which is high in magnesium and rich in minerals. It is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin A and C, it fights free radicals in the body which causes undue inflammation. It prevents heart disease by preventing inflammation in the arteries and reduces the effects of oxidation of cholesterol.
Collard Greens are rich in fiber which is great for lowering cholesterol. Strengthens the digestive tract and builds up protection against colon cancer, bowel disorders and hemorrhoids. Detoxifies the body if consumed regularly.
These greens are a rich source of iron, which is needed for red blood cell formation, for adequate oxygen circulation in the body. Consumption of green prevents Anemia.
All green vegetables like broccoli, cucumber, zucchini, celery, green peppers are high in alkaline and makes them must add to smoothies.Why is it important to have an alkaline body. http://www.natural-cure.org/health-and-wellness/how-to-check-the-acid-reflux-in-the-body-make-it-alkaline/
Swiss chard rich in B vitamins essential for good metabolism, stamina, controlling diabetes, and fatigue. Green veggies like cabbage are high in fiber, and very low in calories, therefore helps curb hunger, and promotes digestive health. As they are rich in fibre and iron they naturally improves the metabolism.
All green vegetables are loaded with water, a daily diet of one cup of green vegetables would keep you hydrated whole day and skin and hair glowing.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends one cup for children and at least three cups of dark leafy green vegetables each week for adults. Dark green leafy vegetables provide excellent nutrition and contribute to great health. Go Green.
TIPS: Cooking spinach makes the calcium in it more available to the body. It is recommended to consume the water that the spinach was boiled in, to benefit from the nutrients left behind in the water. Try different recipes of green vegetables in salad, soup and everyday meal and share in your comment.
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by Pragya Sinha