Have you been at your farmer’s market in spring and early summer and seen bundles of green stalks with tiny bulbs at their tips that appear to be green onions,…
By Pat Wetzel
Kale is one of those “healthy” vegetables that no one seems to know what to do with. For me, it was a new addition to my diet. Now that I’ve made it part of my diet, I’m hooked! I hope you will be too. Be sure to try the Baked Kale Chip recipe below. It is terrific as a snack, a vegetable, or a garnish.
Why Eat Kale?
A National Cancer Institute study found that the oxidative stress levels of participants who ate one to two cups of cruciferous vegetables a day dropped 22 percent over three weeks, compared to a 0.2 percent drop when they took a multivitamin with fiber. This implies that your best nutritional source is real food, not a supplement. And kale is an excellent vegetable to add to your diet.
Kale has antioxidant nutrients, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and anti-cancer nutrients in the form of glucosinolates. Together, these nutrients ave been linked to a reduction in risk for ladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate cancers. Isothiocyanates (ITCs), which help regulate detox at a genetic level, are largely responsible for these benefits. In addition, over 45 different favonoids, including kaempferol and quercetin, combine antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. This helps minimize chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.
With fall upon us, kale makes a great vegetable sautéed with garlic, tossed with some whole wheat spaghetti, or just in a salad. Enjoy!
Kale Basics: Selecting, Cleaning and Cooking Kale
YouTube Video on Kale
Three Easy Kale Recipes
Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs from Williams-Sonoma
Pat Wetzel is the Founder of the Anti-Cancer Club. In 2009, she was diagnosed with a rare lymphoma. After three rounds of chemo, surgery and radiation, she is in remission.
How does one take control of one’s health, even in the face of cancer? What are the factors of health in the context of cancer?
Research by Dean Ornish, MD, David Servan-Schreiber, MD, Jeanne WallacePhD, CNC, and others point to 4 key factors over which each of us has total control: Nutrition, Exercise, Mind/Body Modalities (such as stress management) and Social Connection.
The lifestyle choices that create anti-cancer health are not the day to day reality that most of us live. Our lives are fast and stressful. We don’t always eat well and exercise may or may not be part of our equation. And even with family and friends, cancer can be very isolating. People simply don’t know what to say or do.
Ultimately each of us must find our own path, but we don’t have to re-create the wheel. Learn from all of us on this site as we share personal experiences, expertise and insights into creating an anti-cancer life.
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