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Your Guide to Leafy Greens

This handy guide to leafy greens will help you up your daily intake. And no, you won’t have to commit.

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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).

Your Guide to Leafy Greens

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…

  1. Lower risks of stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease.
  2. Lower risks of certain types of cancer and digestive problems.
  3. Reduced risk of kidney stones and osteopenia and osteoporosis.
  4. Lower biomarkers for oxidative stress — an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to detoxify their harmful effects.
  5. 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:

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Dr Marina Gafanovich attended one of the most prominent medical schools around the world, Sackler School of Medicine. She went on to practice as a Primary Care Physician and is now the founder and primary consultant at RejuveNYC, the renowned New York City skin rejuvenation centre.

Reader Discussion: 54 Comments

  1. Pasty Clin

    Very use full article! Green leafy vegetables contains vitamins and minerals. Compound present in green leafy vegetables can inhibit the growth of certain type of cancer

  2. Monika Smith

    I have a funny trick that helps mi greens stay good for so long. I containing my greens in my zip lock bag because Carbon die oxide helps keep them full of life for probably a week .Leaving it 1/4 zip. Its little bit a weird but it works

  3. Renee Wilk

    Quite possibly one of the most informative reads for me. I grew up on those greens and I love all of them. I eat all forms of leafy vegetables and have converted many people over to enjoying their wonderful flavors. My mom loves to cook and would put them in everything. Unlike most people that would kill dandelions, my mom would have me pick them and put em in a salad.

  4. Naincy Winget

    I came across your article. Thanks for sharing. Now i will sneak them into a smooth or serve them in a salad.They boost loads of benefits and they are excellent source of fiber . They also contain vitamin C and K and minerals like iron and calcium .
    Don’t forget to wash them before using them.

  5. Heather Strobel

    Such important and enlightening ideas to wake up to. Leafy greens could save the nutritional problems of the human race if more people would just eat them. Beet greens and kale are excellent too. Now that I have all these information at my fingertips, I’ll try a few kinds of leafy greens that are new to me this week. Thanks for the reminder to eat my leafy greens.

  6. Alice Stanford

    This is a nice read. I’d have to admit that I can’t commit to salad-only diet. But reading this article made me stop and think. I would consume “MORE” veggies from now on… *fingers crossed*

  7. Leafy greens make me feel and look young (and radiant). Based on experience, I would agree agree that they prevent or reduce digestive problems!

    • I agree! Leafy greens contribute to our young-looking and radiantly beautiful skin!

  8. Just wanted to ask, Dr. Marina, is it true that leafy greens cure glaucoma?! Which among these leafy greens? Thanks!

  9. Informative article! Thanks for writing about their countless benefits.

    Leafy greens are part of my kids’ diet, I make sure that they consume at least 3-5 servings of vegetables daily.

  10. Very useful article! Thanks for writing about this! My problem with leafy greens is proper storage. I don’t really dry them, probably one of the reasons why they lose freshness easily. Will follow your advice!

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