Fiber Plus Phytonutrients!
There’s no denying it: Kale is having a moment, and for good reason. Not only does kale offer an array of nutritious benefits from its fiber, vitamin and flavonoid content, but its mild flavor also makes kale a satisfying addition to smoothies.
A hint of wholesome greenery goes a long way to keeping you healthy, with the following benefits in a single cup of frozen kale:
- Rich in Vitamin K. One cup of raw kale delivers more than 100% of your daily value for vitamin K, which plays a role in blood clotting and helps strengthen bones.
- Good source of Vitamins A and C. With 25% of your daily-recommended vitamin C and 200% of your vitamin A, kale supports immune function as well as healthy vision and skin.
- Essential minerals. Like many green leafy vegetables, kale provides essential minerals like calcium, iron and potassium.
- Antioxidant power. Kale contains the phytonutrients lutein and beta-carotene, which both have potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals that can cause cell damage leading to cancer, heart disease and other age-related conditions.
Curly Green Goodness
Kale is part of the brassica family, which also includes broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages. Though research is ongoing, these vegetables are believed to have anti-inflammatory benefits that can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic ailments, in no small part due to the fact that they’re packed with antioxidants like beta-carotene and lutein, as well as flavonoids called glycosides.1,2
Kale Health Research
Researchers studying potential health benefits of kale are focusing on areas such as:
- Blood vessel health
- Immune function
- Eye health
- Healthy skin and bones
- Heart health
- Cancer prevention
For more on the latest research studies uncovering the benefits of eating fruit, visit our Fruit Health Resources.
Nutrient Data Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 25.