What is Kale Powder?
Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, with a wide range of benefits and extraordinarily little calories per serving. It is unknown when mankind started eating kale, but there’s evidence to show it has been a food staple of different regions around the world for thousands of years – spanning back to ancient Greece cultivating the vegetable in the fourth century B.C. In this article we will discuss the many benefits of kale powder.
Why choose powdered Kale?
As one would assume from the name, kale powder is a dried and smashed form of the fresh leaves. These leaves are generally harvested at optimal ripeness, then air or freeze dried until they are brittle enough to be gently broken and pulverized into dust.
With Kale Powder, less is MORE. Water weight makes up a large portion of this leafy green making it a low energy-density food, but once concentrated in powder form you get an easily digestible, readily available source of health and nutrition you can add to virtually anything from snacks and deserts to drinks and meals.
Powdered Kale takes up about 10% of the volume as raw kale, and easily hides in almost any dish to really kick up those DRV (daily recommended value) numbers! Half a teaspoon is all you need to mimic a single serving of greens. With how discreetly kale powder fits in almost any dish, getting healthier or making meal alterations just got a whole lot easier!
Great for picky eaters or kids who just won’t eat their vegetables, and if you’re feeling sneaky kale powder can be added to a smoothie in a pinch for a nutrition boost that won’t be tasted! Weight for weight, kale powder reigns supreme over fresh kale packing much more fiber, nutrients and phytochemicals into a significantly smaller space.
Where Fresh Kale only lasts for a couple weeks and can’t always be found, powdered kale can be bought year round and never goes out of season. It can be stored for a couple years making it a great food to always have around.
Skin and Hair
One four-teaspoon serving of kale powder has a little over 200% the daily recommended value of Vitamin K and comes loaded with both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, both known for promoting hair and skin health. Omega-3 fatty acids are known for providing crucial proteins and nutrients to your hair follicles and skin, and can also directly aid in halting a contributing factor of hair loss by soothing or preventing follicle inflammation – while Omega 6’s work to help promote new growth.
The antioxidants found in kale also play a large role in providing healthier skin and hair. Antioxidants protect the skin follicles from free radical production. These free radicals are unstable atoms that damage surrounding cells through taking an electron from other atoms – breaking down the cells atomic structure – and are thought to be linked to aging and a variety of diseases.
Antioxidants help your hair and skin by donating an electron to these free radicals in place of one that would be taken, while still remaining stable and not becoming a free radical atom itself.
Many of the nutrients found in kale play large roles in many different parts of the body, including the eyes. The Vitamin A and beta-carotene that helps with the growth and maintenance of bodily tissues protects the surface of your eyes and is important for seeing better in darker lighted settings.
Maybe you can see why kale is such a super food?
Being so rich in nutrients and fiber, kale powder is a great way to control hunger while getting the things you need from your food to stay healthy. There are many healthy dishes you can make with kale powder, ensuring you get the most out of your meal.
Filling you up faster and providing essential supplements, kale powder when used properly truly does the trick at turning almost any meal into “health food”. Its ability to help maintain healthy bowel movements with fibers and the presence of Omega fatty acids also potentially aids in weight control.
High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease caused by Cholesterol
Cholesterol is highly useful to many important functions of the body. One such use is the creation of bile acids, a substance created in the liver used by the body to help digest fats. After cholesterol is turned into bile acids in the liver, it is release into the digestive system to do its work on fatty meals. With the fat absorbed by the bile acids, they are then reabsorbed into the bloodstream for later use by the body.
However, high blood cholesterol levels on their own have also been implicated in the loss of memory and mental function. These negative processes can be interrupted by substances called bile acid sequestrates, which can bind to bile acids in the digestive system – preventing them from being reabsorbed into the bloodstream, and ultimately the body has to use up more cholesterol to produce new bile acid.
The fiber and bile acid sequestrants found in kale are essential for cleansing and detoxifying the body, and in the process helps lower cholesterol by reducing and restocking bile acid levels. This function of removing cholesterol effectively lowers blood pressure, reducing overall dangers of serious harm.
Over time, the pancreas – which produces the bodies insulin – is unable to create enough to keep blood glucose levels from rising. There are studies that show kale can help reduce blood glucose levels, and even possibly aid even reversing Type 2 diabetes!
Studies show normalizing and maintaining bowel health may lower the risk of colorectal cancer, as well as the risk of developing hemorrhoids and diverticular disease. Healthy bowels are known to help control blood sugar levels and potentially lower cholesterol levels as well.
Kale, and other crucifers contain unique disease-fighting compounds including sulfurophane, indoles, glucosinolates, and isothiocyanates among their many other nutrients. Indoles and isothiocyanates have been found to help prevent the development of cancer by performing several tasks.
For starters they help protect cells from DNA damage, a leading cause of cancer. DNA is the blueprints for your body, when part of that blueprint gets too damaged it can lead to cancer. These nutrients are also known to deactivate certain carcinogens as well, just another way it keeps your DNA safe. They also inhibit tumor blood vessel formation and tumor cell migration, and possess anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial effects. Researches have published evidence that people who eat greater amounts of cruciferous vegetables have an overall lower risk of cancer.