The effect of kale juice on LDL and HDL cholesterol and the antioxidant capacity of the blood.
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This landmark study on the immune system boosting effects of kale concluded that: the intake of kale might provide a beneficial effect on humans to enhance the defense against such pathogens as viruses, bacteria, and toxins. The immunostimulating effect will provide an additional advantage of kale, as well as its antioxidative capacity and other effects. Other effects, like improving coronary artery disease risk factors. Did you know kale juice has gained increasing attention as one of the popular health-promoting foods in japan? I am packin’ my bags.
Thirty two men with high cholesterol consumed 3 or 4 shots of kale juice a day for 3 months. That’s like eating a total of about 30 pounds of kale, the amount the average American consumes in a century. What happened? Did they turn green, start to photosynthesize?
What it did was dramatically lower their bad cholesterol, and boost their good cholesterol as much as would an hour of daily exercise 7 days a week.
Obviously, by the end of three months, the antioxidant level of their blood shot up significantly, though not as much in the smokers. I can just imagine some guy with a cigarette in one hand and his shot of kale juice in another. The researchers suggest that this is because the smokers were actively using all those antioxidants up.
When smoking can use up the antioxidants contained in the equivalent of 225 cups of kale, you know it’s time to quit.
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Is there anything kale can’t do? More about the immune system-boosting study of kale in yesterday's video-of-the-day Kale and the Immune System. And more on boosting good cholesterol in Amla Versus Diabetes and Cocoa Good; Chocolate Bad. Please don't get the idea that kale can counteract the detrimental effects of smoking. You have to quit. Today. And then take your mind off your cigarette cravings by watching hundreds of my other videos on more than a thousand topics.
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