Glorious Greens

When it comes to leafy greens, it’s not a surprise that some offer more nutrients than others. While we may have preferences when it comes to our salads or green smoothies in the morning, it’s important to examine which greens can benefit us the most and perhaps the least.

Kale and chard are loaded top resources for beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps repair your skin while also renewing it—which may give your skin a youthful glow. Also, the darker the greens, the more fiber and rich in minerals (iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium) and vitamins (K, C, E and some B vitamins), they are. In addition, darker leafy greens are the richest sources of lutein, which has had mounting evidence to decrease risk of wrinkles!

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A specific green that follows closely to such goodness is spinach and it’s brimming benefits of the aforementioned lutein, potassium, fiber and folate. While these things can keep a heart healthy and in good shape, the folate is a notable and vital nutrient for DNA repair, which means, spinach definitely can help keep your skin looking it’s very best.

So when out at the store seeking your fighting greens, make sure to look for the freshest bunch. Pass by any greens with brown spots, yellowing edges or limp-looking leaves and instead, look for crisp, lively greens with vibrant hues of green. It’s also recommended that you only wash them right before preparing or eating them to keep the available nutrients at it’s best.

 

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