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Monday, June 15, 2015

Health Benefits of Collard greens For Beauty and Weight Loss

Health Benefits of Collard greens

What are the Amazing Health Benefits of Collard greens For Beauty and Weight Loss

Collard greens is the American English term for various loose-leafed cultivars of Brassica oleracea, part of the Acephala group which also contains cabbage and broccoli.

Collards are probably originated in the eastern European or Asia Minor region and now days grown almost all parts of the cooler temperate regions. The plant grows up to 3-4 feet in height and bears dark-green leaves arranged in a rosette fashion around an upright, stocky main stem.
Several cultivar types of collard greens are grown around the planet depending on the soil type, climate, etc.
  1. Blue Max:  It has very attractive savoy- like blue-green leaves.
  2. Georgia:  It is also known as Georgia LS or Georgia Southern.  It has blue-green and slightly savoy-leaves.
  3. Vates: Plant is compact and leaves are smooth and dark green.
  4. Champion: Low growing plant, featuring smooth, dark-green leaves with short internodes.
  5. Flash: It is a very uniform Vates type with smooth, dark-green leaves.
  6. Heavy-Crop:  It has very large, slightly savoy like, blue-green leaves. Leaves have close internodes spacing so bunching can be more difficult.

Here are some Health Benefits of Collard greens For Beauty and Weight Loss

Preventing disease.
Collard greens like spinach is a storehouse of phytonutrients. Phytonutrients known efficacious for health and disease prevention.

Controlling cholesterol and reduce weight.
This is because the greens are very low in calories (26 kcal per 100 g of raw leaves) and fat, but high in fiber.

Help overcome hemorrhoids, constipation, and colon cancer.
Trouble with digestion? Consumption of green cabbage is the right choice because the dark green leaves are very rich in fiber.

Help fight prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.
Mustard greens are a rich source of antioxidant flavonoids, indoles, sulforaphane, carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Indoles, particularly di-indolyl-methane (DIM) and sulforaphane have a real benefit in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.

Fight free radicals and viral infections.
Fresh cabbage leaves are a source of vitamin C which provides 70 mcg or about 117% of RDA per 100 g. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful natural antioxidant.

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