There are few things that are as soul-soothing as a fresh bowl of savory collards. But, depending on how you prepare them, they can also be one of your body’s best friends.
Collard Green 101
Collards are leafy green vegetables that belong to the same family that includes cabbage, kale, and broccoli. While they share the same botanical name as kale, Brassica oleracea, and some resemblance as well, they have their own distinctive qualities.
The first mention of collard greens dates back to the late 17th century.
Collard greens are cruciferous vegetables, which are often touted for their many health benefits. Based on multiple studies, cancer prevention is just one of the things that helps make collard greens such a healthy choice.
Collard greens are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and manganese, and vitamin E. This means that collard greens can provide some amazing antioxidant support. In addition, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, quercetin, and kaempferol are key antioxidant phytonutrients that collard greens also contain.
Why is this important? Antioxidant support helps lower the risk of oxidative stress in the body’s cells.
Translation: cancer risk factor prevention.
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