Dark, leafy green vegetables are among the most nutrient-dense foods. Although kale is often deemed the king of greens, swiss chard is equally impressive in its nutritional benefits and offers a bit of diversity to your vegetable options. Below are a few of the perks of adding swiss chard to your diet.
High Levels of Antioxidants - Swiss chard’s many antioxidants include polyphenols, vitamin C, vitamin E and carotenoid plant pigments, such as beta-carotene. These nutrients have been shown to help protect cells from free radical damage.
Great Source of Vitamin K - Swiss chard is an excellent Source of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is a group of fat-soluble compounds that are involved in many important processes in your body. Vitamin K is required for blood clotting and various cellular functions and it’s also essential for bone health.
May Help Protect Your Heart - Consuming a diet rich in a wide variety of vegetables and fruits has been shown to lower heart disease risk factors such as inflammation, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.Swiss chard is an excellent source of potassium, calcium and magnesium. These minerals have been shown to help maintain healthy blood pressure.
May Help Reduce Insulin Resistance - Swiss chard’s higher fibre content may help maintain stable blood glucose levels. High-fibre foods have been shown to help slow digestion which reduces the rate at which sugar is absorbed into your bloodstream. This slower digestion works in preventing high blood sugar and helps stabilize glucose levels.
Swiss chard can be served in a variety of ways and can be eaten raw, cooked or in a smoothie. For a great swiss chard recipe, click here: https://www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com/simple-sauteed-swiss-chard/
Denise Boyd, BSc, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RNH) with a specialization in Cognitive and Immune Support.