The wonders of dark green leafies.
Image thanks to Yvon.
What’s in plant foods that’s so good for us, besides the fiber and lignans
and isoflavones? Well there’s this wonderful phytonutrient in broccoli which we
think accounts for its cancer fighting effects. This was done right in a Petri dish
this year. You take some cells exposed to carcinogens and by just dripping some
broccoli on them you protected their DNA from being mutated. New wonder
drug? No. Broccoli. Then there’s a flavonol in—guess what—broccoli that may
reduce your fatal heart attack risk by a third. Eat your greens. Good girl! We had
a pet hamster who was a great greens-eating role-model for the family.
But it doesn’t have to be broccoli—all greens have wonderful things in
them. Just to emphasize the point: Antioxidant, Antimutagenic, and Antitumor
Effects of Pine Needles. Leaves are leaves—even when they’re long and skinny.
So wild greens are great—but you have to know what you’re eating.
OK, Vegan walks into an ER. No, serious. He was looking for this plant
but instead he picked this plant. So instead of having a nice cup of tea, he had a
nice cup of poisonous foxglove. Hence the article this year in the International
Journal of Cardiology, An unusual case of atrioventricular heart block in a young
vegan. They conclude In young vegans presenting with heart block, ask them
what weeds they’ve been eating.
So, OK, not ALL green leafies are good for you, but as long as you stay
away from foxglove, hemlock, the tobacco leaf and a few other leaves I could
mention, you’ll do OK.
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