This St. Patrick’s Day, forget about the pot of gold; focus on the pot of green, instead. Getting your recommended daily intake of green vegetables will make you far richer than any treasure found under a rainbow—and you won’t have to travel nearly as far to get it.
Don’t believe us? Here are just a few of the reasons why it’s important to eat your greens:
You could rely on the luck o’the Irish—or you could just have some kale instead. Anyone who comes from a long line of Irish ancestors can attest to what a healthy and cheap staple food cabbage is. Easy to grow, kale is this generation’s cabbage—and it’s loaded with vital nutrients. Considered one of the world’s healthiest foods, it includes too many vitamins to name here, as well as highly digestible forms of iron and calcium. The benefits are also countless; eating kale can improve your heart health, help manage diabetes and may even have cancer-prevention benefits.
Kiss me; I’m Irish (and I eat my greens). If you’ve been eating your greens, get ready to pucker up! A serving of leafy greens can improve your oral health and hygiene. Kale and broccoli are both rich in phosphorus, which is stored in the teeth and bones. It’s key to helping your body absorb calcium and magnesium. Meanwhile, celery contains beta carotene, which the body needs to create vitamin A to build strong teeth.
Parsley is more powerful than any four-leaf clover. Not only is parsley way easier to grow and find in your garden than the good luck charm, it’s far more than just a lowly garnish. Parsley contains barely any calories, but plenty vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. In addition to improving digestion, parsley aids in healthy vision (it contains carotenoids) and with Vitamin K and iron, it may also aid in blood cell function. (These are just some of the reasons we include it in our cold-pressed juice!)
Greens will prevent you from turning green. (Yes, you read that right.) With the ability to boost your immune system and ward off illness, green vegetables will make sure you don’t turn a little too green this St. Patrick’s Day. According to researchers in Australia, green produce also may promote intestinal health by controlling the immune system cells necessary for a healthy gut.
If you indulge in one too many green beers, the perfect day-after cure might just be a green juice. Dark leafy greens act as antioxidants; kale, as an example, contains fiber and sulfur, which will sooth your grumpy liver after a big night-out. If you need to restore your body’s electrolyte balance, greens are also rich in potassium, a nutrient that’s depleted when you drink alcohol. Finally, celery is a great source of calcium and magnesium, which can relieve your pounding headache. So if you were feeling particularly festive on St. Patrick’s Day, our Green Vitality juice might just be the cure for what ails you.