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Fight Back Against Time with Kale

Fight Back Against Time with Kale

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  • Jan 25, 2019

It's one of the most delicious of leafy green veg, and so versatile. You can make everything from chips to smoothies, but did you also know as well as being kind to your body now, you could be increasing your lifespan by as much as 11 years?

The Science

WebMD recently reported that according to a report headed up by Martha Clare Morris, even one serving a day of leafy greens such as kale can slow 'brain aging'. This means you stay sharper, you retain a better memory and could even be less prone to the onset of dementia.

So what's the secret of kale? It's the dense concentration of beneficial nutrients, including vitamin K, folate, and lutein. Green, leafy vegetables, such as kale, collards, and spinach, are extremely rich in these super-nutrients. They improve neural processing, meaning your brain becomes more efficient, and you are able to recall memories more quickly.

Morris noted that eating certain fats and oils helped your body absorb the nutrients in kale more effectively. Think, a green salad with an olive oil dressing and some tasty herbs. Hungry yet?

Beauty

Companies such as Nourish of London have taken the anti-aging news literally, and come up with a range of products containing kale that claim to fight the visible signs of aging. Could this work? Well, vitamin K can help with liver function and good circulation, which is always going to have a positive effect on your skin tone. A healthy liver effectively carries toxins away from your body, which can leave your skin with a natural glow.

StyleCaster reported that kale was good for increasing the production of collagen and making your skin seem 'fuller'. It also reduces the dark circles under the eyes, and speaking of which…

The Eyes Have It…

Folate has an added benefit in the war against aging; it helps prevent a painless but difficult condition called AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) which is a gradual loss of vision, usually in both eyes. The National Eye Institute sponsored a clinical trial that seemed to heavily indicate that folate was very useful in reducing the incidence of AMD. So, eating your kale means it might be a good few years before you have to think about buying a pair of reading glasses.

Lutein, one of the other active ingredients of kale, is also brilliant for protecting your eyes from the harsh blue light that causes damage and aging. It also lowers the risk of cataracts.

A sharper brain, sharper eyes, and maybe even warding off the wrinkles. Kale has more going for it than we ever realized, and to top it all off, it's tasty too.

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