It’s Good to be a Green Food

Lucky 7 Leaves - St. Patrick's Day Greens to Boost Your Health

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, celebrating isn't just about wearing green, it’s also about incorporating vibrant, green foods into your diet for a boost in health and wellness.

From enhancing lung function and reducing joint inflammation to boosting eye health, we take a closer look at the numerous benefits of green fruits and vegetables like avocados and collard greens in this St. Patrick’s Day inspired infographic!

Lung Function

Brussels sprouts are rich in many nutrients, including vitamin K and vitamin C. They are also rich in phytochemicals that have the potential to fight off cancer. These compounds bolster antioxidant and DNA defenses and promote healthy cell signaling.

Joint Inflammation Health

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants like vitamin E, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation is a common characteristic of arthritis, and by reducing inflammation, these nutrients can help alleviate arthritis symptoms.

Muscle Function

Spinach is rich in magnesium, which is necessary for energy metabolism, maintaining muscle and nerve function, regular heart rhythm, a healthy immune system and maintaining blood pressure. Nitrate, a nutrient found in large amounts in spinach, increases the amount of nitric oxide in the body – a chemical that plays a key role in regulating blood flow and muscle strength.

Eye Health

Kale is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that protect the eyes from harmful light and reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

Skin Health

Cucumbers, with their high water content and essential vitamins, help keep the skin hydrated and reduce inflammation. They can cool and soothe dry or irritated skin.

Immune Support

Kiwi contains abundant amounts of vitamin C, which stimulates the body’s immune response. Kiwi is also rich in antioxidants, which may help protect your cells from free radicals.

Bone Health

Collard greens are a rich source of calcium, a mineral that is essential for bone health. Adequate calcium intake is important for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. It also plays a role in muscle function, nerve transmission and blood clotting. Including collard greens in your diet can contribute to your daily calcium intake and support bone health.





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