5 Facts on Kale


Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian and nutrition operations manager for a small chain of organic and natural food stores in Vancouver, Canada. Passionate about plant-based diets for more vibrant health, Desiree believes that food should not only nourish your body but also feed the soul. When she isn’t chasing around after her toddler, Desiree is a sought-after speaker and blogger. 

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, your skin is the window to your overall health. Feeding skin with proper nutrients and supporting proper detoxification processes in the liver can help to reduce the likelihood that internal imbalances will expose themselves on your skin, in the form of blemishes and visible signs of aging.

Long dismissed as garnish, kale has revealed itself to be a potent source of many anti aging, skin-loving nutrients:

  • 1 cup of kale has 3 ½ times your daily beta-carotene needs and plenty of vitamin C to help boost that gorgeous glow.
  • Kale also contains a host of anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonols, such as quercetin, to help defend your body from the stresses of modern life.
  • Kale provides a dietary source of alpha-lipoic acid, which helps regenerate other anti-oxidants like vitamin C and Glutathione.
  • Kale’s fibre supports a healthy digestive tract to help keep digestion-related inflammation at bay.
  • Sulfur-based glucosinolates in kale help to support the natural detoxification pathways in the liver

Queen of the vegetable world, kale has rightfully earned its place amongst Dr. Perricone’s anti-inflammatory super foods. What are your tips for preparing Kale?

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5 thoughts on “5 Facts on Kale

  1. My favourite way to have kale is in a salad, my favourite being Black Kale. The trick to eating raw kale is to remove the stem and cut up the kale — then add your salad dressing and massage into the kale to soften it. You can then add other vegetables and toss. Yum!

  2. Kale is my favorite! Aside from the way I feel after eating it, I love the taste. Baking kale chips, sauteing kale in a pan then cracking an egg and adding blue cheese is a favorite quickie meal, kale smoothies with berries and almond milk. Just some of my go-to ways to eat it!

  3. i am a big believer in eating raw kale–i eat it because i believe i read some-
    where that the lutein and xenathine in kale are more bio-avaliable in the body! i am trying to do prevenative measures for my eyesight!

  4. I personally love to eat kale with chopped cucumbers and tomatoes with a drizzles of apple vinegar and a dash of season all. Its a good food for both me and my unborn baby plus it helps my skin stay young and supple


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