Greens are healthy, versatile, gorgeous, and readily available. I recently found out some things about greens’ amazing nutritional benefits:
Greens are the best source of lutein and zeaxanthin, the antioxidants that may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
Greens are the best source of plant-based nitrates, which may play a role in the prevention of heart disease and high blood pressure.
Consumption of greens and cruciferous vegetables appears be linked to lower rates of cognitive decline.
Greens provide antioxidants, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
As an added bonus, intake of greens is associated with reduced facial wrinkling. For more information on this discovery, see a summary of the study.
Here are some of my favorite recipes featuring greens.