Kale is one of the most popular superfoods today with good reason. It is bursting with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. It's a green leafy vegetable that is a member of the cruciferous or cabbage family. The high organosulfur content in kale can help reduce the risk of cancer.
Kale is a valuable source of calcium for bone health and also contains silica for the skin, hair, teeth and nails. Exceptionally high in beta-carotene which the body turns into Vitamin A. Kale is also a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that help to prevent eye disease. High in Vitamin B6 and B12 which help to boost brain power, prevent memory loss, improve energy levels and aid the immune system.
Pronounced ‘keenwa’ and known as the ‘mother grain’ by the Incas. Quinoa is a complete protein containing all eight essential amino acids. Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E, and fibre.
Two flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol, are found in large amounts in quinoa. These important molecules have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-depressant effects in scientific studies.
Quinoa contains a good range of B vitamins including B1 which is essential for the efficient functioning of the nervous, cardiovascular and muscular system, Vitamin B5 which is essential for a healthy response to stress and folic acid which aids the reproductive organs and is crucial for the healthy production of red blood cells.
As a foundation of good health it is vital to replace processed foods, inflammatory meat and dairy products and starchy carbohydrates with nutritious whole foods like green vegetables, dark-skinned fruits, nuts, beans, seeds, healthy oils, oily fish, small amounts of good quality organic pasture fed meats and healthy carbohydrate alternatives. Why not try some of these superfoods today?