Leafy, Dark and Green
To help you get to know them better, here are some interesting and lesser known facts:
Kale contains lutein and zeaxanthin which protect eyes from macular degeneration and colon against cancer.
Swiss Chard can ease constipation, helps stop hemorrhaging, and supports lungs and liver.
Collard Greens and Turnip Greens contain almost the same amount of calcium as milk.
Dandelion Greens are quite bitter which indicates they're a good tonic for the liver, spleen, pancreas, stomach and kidneys. A diuretic, laxative and anti-rheumatic; improves digestion, stimulates liver, reduces inflammation; antiviral, improves eczema, acne, jaundice, cirrhosis, gout and hepatitis.
Mustard Greens' bitter bite means that they move stuck energy so are good for stagnant issues like colds, arthritis, and depression.
Spinach moistens, supports vision, helps constipation, supports functioning of stomach, liver and large intestine, quenches thirst.
Beet Greens are more health-promoting than the beets themselves, with notable amounts of the B-complex vitamin.
When buying any of the dark greens, look for vibrant color, leaves that “stand at attention,” crisp edges, no browning or wilting and of course organic, to avoid toxins and pesticides.