Your Guide to Leafy Greens
If there’s one essential in my diet, it’s leafy greens. The consensus among doctors and scientists is that there’s little that compares to the nutritional value of organic, raw greens. A diet full of them can ease or reverse just about any health condition, not to mention make your skin glow and waistline shrink (just ask Michelle Pfeiffer and many other stunning A-listers).
Raw, organic leafy greens are loaded with fiber and water — fiber scrubs and loosens up stuck toxins while water washes those toxins away. They’re also packed with vitamins, minerals, and plant-based substances that can protect you from heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. The wide variety of antioxidants and other disease-fighting compounds found in leafy greens are nearly impossible to get in any other food.
Plant chemicals (called phytochemicals) reduce inflammation, eliminate carcinogens, regulate the rate at which your cells reproduce (important when it comes to the reproduction of mutated and cancerous cells), and eliminate old cells. You can’t watch any morning news program without hearing the latest scientific research showing that people who eat more greens have…
- Lower risks of stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease.
- Lower risks of certain types of cancer and digestive problems.
- Reduced risk of kidney stones and osteopenia and osteoporosis.
- Lower biomarkers for oxidative stress — an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to detoxify their harmful effects.
- Higher cognitive test scores. (Load up on kale before that big presentation!)
This handy guide to leafy greens will help you up your daily intake. And no, you won’t have to commit to a salad-only diet. Dig in to discover which greens take the top nutrition prize and how to prepare, store, and enjoy the wide variety that’s available: