Each year globally, 12.7 million people learn they have cancer, and 7.6 million people die from the disease. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease; it kills more than half a million Americans every year. This is one reason why NOLA Green Roots and its members have over 400 planted Kales in the ground and counting. Also beside being one of the more beautiful cruciferous vegetables, kale is know to help us in so many ways. High in manganese, as well as vitamins A, C and K, this vegetable is often referred to as a superfood. We will also be using kale in two of our Cooking Workshop on December 5, 2012.
and Fill me up workshop held by Anastasia Joyner. Here are some more health benefits of kale or reasons to attend the workshop:
Kale is a superstar in the arena of carotenoids and flavonoids, two powerful antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals that cause oxidative stress. The key flavonoids kaempferol and quercitin (not to dismiss the 45 other distinctive flavonoids in kale) have also been shown to specifically fight against the formation of cancerous cells. With the addition of high doses of well-known antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A, and manganese, kale is certainly a smart choice in the battle against
One cup of kale provides about 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids that helps regulate the body’s inflammatory process. A megadose of vitamin K further aids to fight against excessive inflammatory-related problems, such as arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and asthma.
Not only do kale’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities work together to prevent and even combat cancer, a healthy diet of kale also provides glucosinolates, which have been shown to prevent colon, breast, bladder, prostate, ovarian cancers, as well as gastric cancer. This is a win win here in New Orleans.