We all know we should eat more greens but perhaps the following information and research will provide the incentive needed to actually eat more. While the potential reasons to eat greens is a lengthy one, here are some of the main health benefits of eating more greens.
MALE SEXUAL HEALTH
Many leafy greens, and beet greens in particular, are good sources of the mineral zinc. According to a study published in the Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences researchers found that moderate doses of zinc enhanced male sexual health, including a reduced likelihood of premature ejaculation, increased ability to maintain sexual activity for longer periods of time, and improved testosterone levels.
MAY HELP TO ALLEVIATE HEART PALPITATIONS
Leafy greens are among the best food sources of the mineral potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral that helps to regulate heartbeat and nerve signals. Sadly, due to the high amount of sodium in most peoples’ diets and the fact that sodium displaces potassium, it is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in America, with some estimates around 98 percent of the population being deficient. Addressing this deficiency may help to reduce heart palpitations.
MAY HELP WITH EYE HEALTH
Leafy greens are powerhouses of lutein, with beet greens being among the best source, containing over 275 micrograms of lutein, which is a critical nutrient to maintain eye health and vision, and in the prevention of eye conditions. When it comes to eye health few foods can compare to leafy greens like collards, kale and spinach. That’s because they contain a wide variety of eye-protecting and eye-healing nutrients, some of which include: alpha-carotene, alpha lipoic acid, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.