This curly veg is packed with nutrients that can be beneficial for athletes.
✅ Carotenoids and flavonoids are antioxidants which help to protect cells from free radical damage which can happen by training too excessively.
✅ Quercetin and kaempferol which may protect your heart, lower your blood pressure and have anti-viral properties – helpful if you’re prone to colds!
✅ Bile acid sequestrants which can help to lower cholesterol by binding to bile acids and prevent them from being reabsorbed from the digestive system (steaming kale might actually help to increase the bile acid effect!).
✅ Vitamin C which has antioxidant properties and also is required for collagen formation in skin, bones, muscles and tendons.
✅ Vitamin K1 which is needed for blood clotting, without which you could bleed excessively even from a small injury 🤕 Remember that this is a fat soluble vitamin so a small amount of healthy fat is needed for absorption 😉
✅ B6 which contributes to protein metabolism, normal brain 🧠 function and the formation of red blood cells which help to carry oxygen to your working muscles.
✅ Calcium and magnesium for strong healthy bones 🦴
✅ Iron needed to supply oxygen to working muscles.
✅ Manganese which supports proper liver function and detoxification, normal development of bones and connective tissue, protein metabolism, helps the body to use certain vitamins and normal brain function to name a few!
One thing to be aware of is that kale is part of the cruciferous family, so if you have an under functioning thyroid it is best to lightly cook it as raw cruciferous veg can interfere with how your thyroid uses iodine.