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I never really liked eating Kale, but I know it’s good for me. It’s been called the new beef, because it has more iron than beef, but it also is filled with fiber and has vitamin A (beta-carotene), C, B1, B2, B3, B6, K and E. Kale also is a good source of calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and folate. It also has Omega-3 fatty acids. It is a green superfood.

But did you know that Kale was used in Greek and Roman times? It was originally used as a cure for drunkenness. And it spread through Europe and Asia in the Middle Ages and eventually spread to the Americas. Most people didn’t pay much attention to it until the 80’s when this guy Tim Peters started to cross-pollinating it with bees, making new forms of Kale. It grows like other wild cabbage family vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower. It’s considered to be a leafy green vegetable.

I said I never liked eating Kale. It has a smell that I just don’t like. It’s a sharp odor. And the best thing you can say about the taste is that it is rich and peppery. But Peter Jaret from WebMD explains that Calcium and Vitamins A, K, D, and E are missing from our diets, and Americans also do not get enough potassium. Luckily, Kale is packed with those vitamins.

Kale is a nutritional powerhouse that is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. It is great for your digestive track. The iron, I mentioned above is also great for good health. It’s needed for forming hemoglobin in your blood, enzymes, moving oxygen around your body. Even cell growth is affected by proper amounts of iron. And, you’ll see this in many aspects of Rain Core, it helps with your liver function. That is not just the iron, but also the fiber and sulfur, which help detoxify your body and keeps your liver healthy.

Especially for people with dairy issues, but also as we get older, Kale is good news because of the high levels of Calcium (more than milk). Kale can help prevent bone loss, prevent osteoporosis, help with your cartilage and joint flexibility. Great to have more mobility as you grow older, but also for after workouts. Kale also helps as an anti-inflammatory to help fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders because of its Omega-3 content.

In addition to the Omega-3 content, Kale is filled with antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids (including quercetin and kaempferol.) There is some research to suggest this may be helpful to fight against a variety of cancers. There are also a few studies that show that Vitamin K can help protect against cancers. Kale is high in Vitamin K. That can help people with Alzheimer’s disease and a wide variety of functions like bone health and blood clotting. Vitamin K is an essential nutrient necessary for responding to injuries – it regulates normal blood clotting. It also assists in the transport of calcium throughout the body, Vitamin K may also be helpful for bone health: it may reduce bone loss, and decrease the risk of bone fractures.

Add to the Omega-3’s is the combination of Protein, Iron, Folate, and Vitamin B6, all found in Kale, can create Serotonin and Dopamine. These two chemicals interact in the brain and can help elevate mood. And it’s legal. So if you feel depressed, adding Kale to your diet might be a good idea.

Kale is also great for lowering cholesterol levels and cardiovascular support. And because Kale has Potassium, it may help prevent stroke. It also is shown in studies that people who took potassium lived longer and had a 49% decrease in heart disease.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin are important for eye health and it is found in Kale. Along with Vitamin A which is great for your vision and also your skin (and may be good to help prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.)

Kale is also a source of an organosulfur compound which breaks down into these things called isothiocyanates. This help breaks down cancer cells and are especially valuable in fighting a nasty form of colon cancer and helps reduce the risk of lung cancer by 39%. Kale also helps provide a healthy immune system, which can be very beneficial in the fight against cancer. One way it does that is to enhance the production of interleukin-2 and interferon-gamma which you use on your immune response system.

Kale also is high in Vitamin C, which we all know is helpful for your metabolism, your immune system, and your hydration. Kale has more Vitamin C than an orange (about 2x more). Vitamin C and K, plus the fiber, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, manganese, plus a compound called sulforaphane are all found in Kale and can help diabetics by controlling blood sugar. Maybe why Reader’s Digest called Kale one of the healthiest foods for diabetes.

Kale is a great addition to any super green supplement drink, like Rain Core. And Kale is much easier to take when you drink it down in a one-ounce shot.

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