Green vegetables have always been part of our culture and ‘society’ since the early ages. People believed that leafy vegetables had miracle powers during early days. Green vegetables gave instant super energy to people and were also used to cure many diseases. But these days, people have forgotten our very own green vegetables and are moving towards artificial means. They are taking lots of medicines and capsules to get rid of their illnesses, to reduce weight or to build their bones. Hence, they are being exposed to several side-effects that the medicines lead to. Here, we remind our readers about the miracle nature of green vegetables (Health and Cure with Zero side effects) and also discuss the sciences involved. Listed are the Top 10 Health Advantages of Eating Green Vegetables:
10. Build your bones
A recent medical research showed that people who take in Vitamin K in less amounts are more prone to fractures than the ones who take in more amounts of Vitamin K. On an average, every being requires to take in about 120 microgram of Vitamin K per day to reduce the risks of fractures, to stop and prevent bone loss. 45 milligram of Vitamin K is injected to patients as a treatment for Osteoporosis. Vitamin K helps to build up new bones in a short span of time. It is also used to strengthen bones and give them the right shape. It helps to maintain the right levels of bone mineral density. What is the primary source of Vitamin K? Yes, it is green vegetables. Salad greens like Spinach, Radicchio and Watercress give our body the required amounts of Vitamin K and help us build strong bones. Strong Bones help to build a strong and a healthy body. Leafy Vegetables have more Calcium (Use to build bones) than milk and have zero cholesterol/fat levels.
9. Sharpen your eyesight
All Dark Green Leafy Vegetables Contain Vitamin A in good quantity. Apart from Vitamin A, they contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin. All these ‘elements’ enable us to see well. Whenever we move from bright light to darkness, our eyes feel the stress and difficulty. With Vitamin A, our eyes tend to adapt easily when we move from dark to bright or vice versa. Sometimes, our eyes might feel strained whenever high energy light falls on them. High Energy light tends to cause eye damage and our eyes need to be protected from this damage (High Energy Light Focus cannot be avoided). Lutein and Zeaxanthin filter out high energy light before reaching our eyes and keep our eyes safe. Intake of Leafy Vegetables reduces the risk of cataracts and chronic eye diseases. Age Related Vision Degeneration can also be delayed to some extent. Lutein and Zeaxanthin intake of 10mg/day is essential and this condition can be satisfied if Leafy vegetables are taken in good amounts. Kale, Spinach, Green Peas, Turnip Greens and Broccoli are rich in all these elements and give us healthy and sharp eyes.
8. Pump up your muscles
Research has proved that green leafy vegetables (Spinach in Specific) have the unique ability to build up muscles. These veggies contain inorganic nitrate which help to rev up muscles using less oxygen content in a short span of time. Mitochondria, named as the Power House of Body performs better with intake of Leafy Vegetables. These vegetables speed up the protein to muscle mass conversion process. Apart from Nitrates, these vegetables also contain Calcium and Iron which are also responsible for the muscle growth. The chemicals extracted from Spinach/Leafy Vegetables are the original ‘heroes’ responsible for muscle rev. However, people who are aiming at an ‘overnight six-pack and muscle’ need to take in vegetables in large quantities. Daily Intake of 1kg Spinach will enhance muscles in a short period.
7. Prevent Cancer
Cancer is a disease that is caused when cells divide and divide repeatedly and uncontrollably. The uncontrollable division gives rise to tumours and these tumours affect various parts of the body. These tumours send impulses/signals to normal tissues to grow new blood vessels to feed cancer cells. The intake of green vegetables blocks these signals and prevents cancer. Vegetables like mustard greens and collard greens contain a substance named Phen-Ethyl Isothiocynate which helps to disrupt the tumour signals. Carotenoids (Lutein and Zeaxanthin) act as antioxidants and kill the dangerous free radicals before they harm our body. Carotenoids are present in dark green leafy vegetables and are responsible for the prevention of various cancers like Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Skin Cancer and Stomach Cancer. Even cancers related to mouth, pharynx and larynx can be prevented.
6. Protect your Heart
Folate is the name of the substance that protects our heart. It protects us from various cardiovascular diseases and reduces the risk of heart attacks. Romaine Lettuce, the green vegetable contains all the elements that protect our heart. It provides the required amounts of fiber and Folate to our body. Potassium and various other antioxidant substances that are present in green vegetables reduce the probability of heart diseases. Heart health is improved and ultimately results in longer lifespan. All green vegetables contain these ‘Heart Substances’. Leafy Vegetables like Spinach, Fenugreek leaves and Coriander leaves are to be taken in good quantities.
5. Natural Weight Loss
Intake of leafy vegetables help to reduce the cravings for junk food. Junk food is the primary culprit for our generation to gain weight. Lots of people are going overweight and are being warned of various heart problems and ailments due to this particular reason. Having leafy vegetables in good amounts provides the required vitamins, minerals, carbonates and fibers to our body. It gives us the right nutrition and helps us lose weight quickly, safely and effectively. It eliminates the ‘starvation’ that people tend to follow for weight reduction these days. Vegetables such as Chard, Mustard Greens, Collard greens and Turnip Greens contain all the elements which facilitate weight loss. Taking in these foods continuously in the right amounts helps to maintain a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) value.
4. Increased Energy
Leafy Vegetables provide a power increase of Vitamins, Nutrients and Carbohydrates without affecting the Digestive System. Since our body is gaining all these ‘required substances’ in a safe and right way, there is no problem at all. All these Carbohydrates are absorbed and utilized by our body completely and effectively. Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is very important for the body to complete all its processes and is called body’s currency. Right amounts of Magnesium are required by the body to synthesize ATP. Magnesium is present in leafy vegetables like Beet Greens, Baby Greens and Spinach. So, by taking in ‘green’ food, we will always be fresh and energetic, get our things done, feel happy and enjoy our day.
3. Easy Digestibility
Green Vegetables are enriched with fibers. Fiber sees to it that our intestines form a smooth passage for food, maintains our bowels in good ‘working’ condition and enables good health. Green Veggies are also rich in Iron and help in transporting oxygen to all parts of body and maintain good haemoglobin levels in blood. Transport of oxygen throughout the body facilitates effective digestion. Intake of Leafy Vegetables prevents inflammation of digestive organs and also avoids constipation. Crohn’s Disease can also be eliminated completely with ‘leaf’ intake. Intake of Bok Choy, Cabbage, Chard, Collards, Kale, Lettuce and Spinach is essential. We should see to it that at least one of our conventional meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) includes green vegetables on a regular basis.
2. Mental Clarity and Focus
Green Vegetables help to refresh our mind and improve our focus. They help to improve our alertness, reduce anxiety and nervousness. Intake of green veggies improves individual’s ability to enjoy life, helps to create balance between life activities and sees to it that an individual realizes his own abilities, works to the best of his abilities and makes a contribution to the success of a organization/community. Vitamin C, Vitamin B and Magnesium are the substances that help to improve Focus. These elements are found in green vegetables like Romaine Lettuce, Broccoli and Cabbage.
1. Clearer Skin
Intake of green vegetables makes our skin clear and ultimately makes it glow. They help to eliminate toxins and make our skin ‘blossom’. Leafy Vegetables have always been on any beautician’s list. It has also topped an actress’ beauty secret list. These foods are loaded with anti-oxidants and necessary nutrients. They help to enhance skin’s natural radiance and help us get rid of skin dullness. Vegetables like Spinach, Swiss chard and Arugula contain all the essential elements and help us look ‘good’.