A heady mix of vitamins, minerals, protein, anti-oxidants and other nutrients, leafy greens contain all this and more. If you need any more convincing, they are good for your heart, blood sugar, immune system and for cell repair. The comprehensive list as under will point you in the right direction.
Spinach is rich in iron, fibre, low in fat and cholesterol. It is good for weight control, eyes, bones, and blood pressure. As a part of every world cuisine, it is the most common green found.
Fenugreek is good for the hair, digestion, anemia, respiratory disorders and diabetes and for lactating mothers. In Indian food, it is used extensively in rotis and curries.
Parsely is packed with vitamins A and C. It powers the immune system and is a natural detoxer. It improves liver and kidney function.
Apart from freshening up our palate, mint benefits weight loss, asthama, depression, skin problems, and nausea.
Cabbage is richer than oranges in Vitamin C. it fights cancer, Alzheimer’s, skin diseases, and strengthens bones.
- Mustard greens
Regular consumption of these ensures blood and liver detoxification, lowering of cholesterol, and improving skin and eye health.
Lettuce is rich in essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals that lower cholesterol, fights cancer, regulates sleep and blood pressure and protects neural health.
- Curry leaves
Curry leaves are useful in stomach ailments, diabetes, to balance cholesterol and are anti-carcinogenic.
- Red amaranth
It improves cardiovascular health, strengthens bones and stops hair loss.
Asparagus strengthens immune system, aids weight loss and help with a hangover.
Basil fights cancer, lifts mood, combats stress and is beneficial in flu.
- Spring onions
They improve bone health, enhance vision, benefit in viral infections, and lower blood sugar levels.
Collards fight cancer, lower blood pressure, detoxify, prevent arthritis, cataract and muscular dystrophy.
Kale, increasingly a part of smoothies and salads, prevents metastasis, fights cancer, detoxify, improve heart function and even aid brain development in babies.
- Betel leaf
A potent analgesic, betel leaf improves digestion, clears acne, increases appetite, and promotes oral health. It has various other antiseptic and anti-oxidative benefits.
- Beet greens
Beet greens promote healthy bones, teeth, skin and blood vessels. They power up the immune system, improve vision and maintain cellular health.
Watercress boosts immunity, fights cancer, supports thyroid function and adds copius amount of fibre to the diet. It improves brain health, helps in pregnancy and reduces asthma.
Celery improves cardiovascular health, reduces blood pressure, decreases cholesterol, and boosts digestion and weight loss.
Apart from enhancing the flavor of the food, fennel improves skin and cardiovascular health, prevents cancer, boosts digestion, reduces blood pressure, relieves hiccups, and treats flatulence.
The humble coriander has more benefits than just enhancing the taste of food. It improves menstrual health, reduces cholesterol, reduces digestive problems, keeps the urinary tract healthy, prevents inflammation, and lowers blood sugar levels.