Well, you can add years to your life by following a plant-based diet and of course not smoking and drinking to excess! Many of our chronic diseases all come down to lifestyle. That’s right, simple as that! Healthy Hollywood recently attended the Plant-Based Nutrition Conference in Naples, Florida. For three days, I enjoyed the company and wisdom of some of the savviest – do-good doctors. For me, being in a roomful of smart wellness docs is like what some guys must feel being in a roomful of hot models – excited! Anyway, Dr. Thomas Campbell, who co-authored “The China Study” with his father, was there. Healthy Hollywood had just finished reading their book and was excited to meet him. If you are any bit of a wellness junkie, chances are you’ve heard about and (hopefully read) “The China Study.” It has sold over a million copies and is the go-to-source for celebrities, ex-Presidents and us regular folks to learn about plant-based nutrition. Their well-documented research shows how this type of meal plan leads to better overall health and a skinnier waistline.
Kale nutrition profile and recipes: a healthy vegetable with strong disease-fighting properties
59 mg per 100g). Wow thats a lot of vitamin C. Like broccoli and cabbage, kale is a cruciferous vegetable. One cup has more than 200 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin A, including sought-after lutein and zeaxanthin (for healthy eyes) and beta carotene (for healthy skin and eyes), 5 percent of the DV for fiber and 684 percent of DV for vitamin K, which helps bone hold onto the calcium it has. Health Perks: One of the key benefits is the abundance of antioxidants chemicals that slow down the aging process and help prevent heart disease and certain kinds of cancer by blocking the cellular and arterial damage caused by oxidation. According to researchers from the Department of Human Nutrition at the Agricultural University of Krakow in Poland, brassica vegetables contain a lot of valuable antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, carotenoids and antioxidant enzymes such as catalase, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and peroxidase, which help to prevent cancer. Additionally, kale is rich in glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are phytonutrients that remove free radicals from the body by stimulating the body’s own natural antioxidant systems. This cascade of antioxidant activity unlike the one-shot, finite amount you get from most direct antioxidants actually cycles over and over within the physiology, continuing to protect your system for as long as three to four days after theyve been consumed.