Eat Leafy Greens to Improve Wellness

Between fad diets, get-fit-quick exercises, and the latest and greatest supplements, there is an overload of information out there about the “best ways” to stay healthy. But the one tip that has remained the same is also the simplest: eat more leafy greens.

Watercress, arugula, kale, and spinach are some of the most nutrient-dense greens topping the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) – a tool created to help quickly and easily gauge the nutritional value of different foods. With over 50 essential nutrients, watercress is the only food on the ANDI scale with a perfect score and also has a perfect rating according to the CDC, while arugula, kale, and spinach scored within the top ten.

How adding these cruciferous vegetables to your diet can improve your overall well-being:

Improved Vision

With an abundance of Vitamin A, C, and E, alpha-linolenic acid, and carotenoids, a regular intake of leafy vegetables and other antioxidant-rich foods as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, remains a key recommendation for maintaining eye health.

Boosted Immune System

Your immune system is your body’s natural defense system. So, adding nutrient-rich foods to your diet to help fight off cases of the cold, flu, and cancer-causing free radicals can go a long way. And the best way for your body to absorb nutrients is through raw foods!

Gut Health

Leafy greens like watercress that are high in fiber, magnesium, and potassium aid in boosting immune cell production and fighting off infections.

Skin Health

The Vitamin E found in leafy greens protects skin cells from free radical damage and folate, a vital nutrient for DNA repair, helps produce and maintain new cells.

Mental Health

Eating leafy greens can provide a good source of folate, leading to more serotonin production. This can aid in warding off issues linked to depression, such as diabetes, vascular dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Adding one cup of these leafy greens to your daily diet can result in a world of benefits to your overall wellness. Don’t know where to start? Try some of our favorite recipes!

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