Whether it’s kale, collard greens, dandelion greens, watercress, swiss chard, or spinach, we can’t get enough of those dark leafy, greens! Offering the highest concentrations of vitamins and minerals per calorie per calorie of any other food, they are truly the rock stars of the plant kingdom. Dark, leafy greens are a rich source of minerals (e.g. iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium) and vitamins K, C, E as well as many of the B vitamins. Let’s not forget all the super phytonutrients, which protect our cells from damage; these include: beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a pretty magnificent phytonutrient, for it helps cleanse the blood, energize the body and serve as an appetite suppressant. Oh and did I mention it is low in calories, high in fiber and has zero fat?
Let’s breakdown one of its central nutrients: Vitamin K. This bad boy helps regulate blood clotting, protects the bones from osteoporosis, and may prevent and reduce atherosclerosis as well as inflammatory diseases (e.g. arthritis) and diabetes. In fact, without vitamin K2 (a specific form of vitamin K), calcium from supplements can gather in the arteries, contributing to atherosclerosis and limiting any potential benefit for your bone tissue. Vitamin K2 helps to funnel the calcium to the bone tissue that needs it most, rather than allowing it to settle into your veins and arteries.
For these phenomenal reasons (and more), we always load up our Daily Greens’ juices with a wide variety of dark leafy greens!
Which are your favorite?
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