Health – A to Z” – K

The Letter K.

Kale

A dark green leafy vegetable with high nutritional vale and low in calories. Kale is an excellent source of nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese. It is also a very good source of dietary fiber, calcium, copper, vitamin B6, and potassium. Kale is also well known for its carotenoids, especially lutein and zeaxanthin.

Sulforaphane, a potent glucosinolate phytonutrient found in kale and other Brassica vegetables, boosts your body’s detoxification enzymes. Sulforaphane, which is created when cruciferous vegetables such as kale are chopped or chewed, triggers  enzyme production in the liver, which detoxify cancer-causing chemicals, inhibits chemically-induced breast cancers in animal studies, induces colon cancer cells to destroy themselves. This combination of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients makes kale a superfoods superstar!

Kale

Kiwi Fruit

Definitely a superfood fruit. An excellent source of Vitamin C (more than oranges). A good source of Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and copper, plus phytonutrients like lutein. Also has both soluble and insoluble fiber. A couple kiwi fruits a day will provide many beneficial effects, like reducing blood triglycerides and protecting your heart.

Kiwi Fruit