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Tuesday
Sep112018

Health Benefits of Leafy Greens

Fresh flavors that delight the palate. Fun colors and textures that add verve to any meal. Fast growing plants that are easy to cultivate at home - even in small spaces. There’s already so much to love about leafy greens like kale and chard, but when you consider the health benefits, you may just have to bump them on up to your organic garden A list. Most leafy green varieties thrive in cool weather, so plan on early spring and fall plantings for these, but with a little afternoon shade, heat-tolerant varieties of kale, collards and swiss chard can hold up even in hot summer weather.

 

Arugula 
Improves immune system and bone health, and inhibits cancer growth.
 

 

Collard Greens
Help control osteoporosis, lower LDL cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and support cardiovascular health.
 

 

Kale
Most nutrient dense leafy green, promotes healthy vision and fights cancer. Kale is also high in fiber which helps control blood sugar.
 

 

Mustard Greens
Help prevent arthritis and anemia, lower LDL cholesterol, improve skin and eye health, and prevent cancer.
 

 

Romaine Lettuce
Promotes heart health, prevents strokes and cancer. Romaine also builds healthy skin, eyes, bones.
 

 

Spinach
Improves red blood cell function, strengthens bones, regulates heart rate, blood pressure
and combats free radicals.
 

 

Swiss Chard 
Helps maintain connective tissue, controls heart rate, blood pressure and sugar levels. Chard also boosts the immune system, helps fight cancer and decreases the risk of obesity and diabetes.
 

 

 

Turnip Greens
Enhance collagen synthesis for healthy skin and hair, fight anemia, builds healthy bones, boosts immune defenses against cancer and illness.
 

 

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