We all know that green veg is good for us, but could you tell us why? Here’s the low-down on what green veggies can do for you and your body!
Green veg are an excellent source of calcium which promotes dense and healthy bones. This is especially important as we get older because our bones become weaker. Greens also contain concentrated amounts of Vitamin K which helps produce osteocalcin. This is a protein used by the body to improve bone density!
Green veg is a must if you’re watching your weight. They are high in fibre which keeps everything in your digestive system moving. Leafy greens are also low in calories, carbs and fats yet chocka-block with essential minerals and vitamins!
Green veggies boost your energy because of their high iron content. Iron increases the haemoglobin in your blood, which means more oxygen can be transported around your body. More oxygen to your brain = alertness and feeling more awake. More oxygen to your muscles means you’ll have more energy when you exert yourself through exercise, too.
While citrus fruits are well known for their Vitamin C content, green veggies should be, too. They contain so much Vitamin C that helps improve your immune system. While they’ll help you fight off disease, leafy greens will give you more energy and your body will be able to fight infection easier and quicker.
Leafy green veg contain carotenoids called luetin and zeaxanthin. These are essential for eye health as they protect against UV light. Increasing your intake of these have been proven to prevent eye issues such as cataract and macular degeneration – typically age-induced problems. Greens are also a good source of beta-carotene which the body converts into Vitamin A – this is good for night vision!