Kale has been celebrated as a superfood and for very good reason. This cruciferous family member contains many cancer-fighting nutrients. The high level of Vitamin A found in kale is great for our lungs and skin, while Vitamin C boosts our immune system and Vitamin K protects our bones. This green also contains plenty of glucosinolate and cysteine sulfoxide which can help switch on the liver's detoxifying enzymes.
This green is a relative of the beet and spinach and is high in vitamin K, a nutrient that many of us don't get enough of. Vitamin K plays an important role in protecting our bones. It also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, strokes, and helps cool down inflammation. Silverbeet also has steams which are bright pink or yellow and these can add great colour to your plate or juices.
Spinach is Popeye's fuel of choice and for good reason too. In addition to being high in nutrients, spinach also contains high levels of betaine which regulates proper homocysteine levels, supports the liver and aids digestion. Spinach is also a good source of zinc and iron.
Surprisingly romaine lettuce contains quite a bit of protein and is a complete protein with all eight essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make on their own. The lettuce also contains plenty of vitamins A, C and B and some healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Celery is easily grown and available. It is a very affordable vegetable making it a great base for green juices. It has great anti-inflammatory properties and is high in phytonutrients. Celery can also help aid digestion and if eaten instead of being juiced, it contains a lot of fibre to help keep your bowels regular.
Although cucumbers are not leafy green vegetables, they are still green and a great addition to juices. Cucumber is known for its hydrating and cooling benefits. It contains a high level of silica which does wonders for our connective tissue, especially our skin.