Green smoothies have been keeping me going this crazy summer of living out of a suitcase and house hoping. They are perfectly refreshing in this July Utah heat. Below are a few reason to enjoy a cold green one yourself…
Tammy Mahan has been a nurse for 20 years and nutrition has always been one of her favorite topics to write about. She enjoys sharing her knowledge on Healthline.com. Below she shares some of her research on the health benefits of my favorite breakfast…
Green Smoothies against Arthritis
Green leafy vegetables and fruits contain anti-inflammatory properties, which can help aid in fighting symptoms of arthritis. Instead of eating the green vegetables individually, it is easy and beneficial to combine them with a few tasty anti-inflammatory fruits. Blending them together for a delicious smoothie allows your body to easily absorb these nutrients.
Vitamins, Minerals, and Anti-Oxidant Benefits
A wide range of vitamins and minerals, found in fresh fruits and vegetables, support proper mental and physical functions. Apples, oranges, and spinach contain Vitamin C. Vitamin C is believed to help prevent colds and influenza associated with the natural enhancer for the immune system. The production of red blood cells, which prevents fatigue and anemia, is stimulated by Riboflavin, contained in spinach, kelp and broccoli. Vitamin A, important for preventing the deterioration of bones, acne and vision problems, is found in alfalfa, kale, peaches and papaya.
Calcium, a mineral essential to the health of bones and management of blood pressure is found in broccoli and dark green leafy vegetables. Potassium is a mineral that helps to prevent stroke by maintaining the body’s fluid balance. It is found in apricots, avocados, bananas, and grapes. Alfalfa and kelp contain zinc, which aids in keeping the liver from suffering toxic damage.
There are anti-oxidant benefits offered by a number of components in the vegetables and fruits used to make a green smoothie. These include Vitamin A, Vitamin C and zinc. The free radicals in the body are prevented from getting oxygen by anti-oxidants. According to MayoClinic.com, they are preventive in causing damage because the molecules are unable to bind to healthy bone, connective tissue, muscle and organ cells. The formation and growth of cancerous tumors might also be prevented by anti-oxidants.
Dietary Fiber helps fight heart disease and diabetes
Green smoothies are a great source of fiber. Fiber is a carbohydrate that aids in digestion regulation and prevents gastrointestinal distress, which improves the ability to absorb nutrients in the body. High blood glucose levels may also be controlled with this nutrient. Fatigue can be caused by high blood glucose and diabetes can result. Heart attack and stroke can be caused by bad cholesterol. Fiber can help to lower it.