Been cutting grass lately? Or are your allergies flaring? Many of signs point to the fact that it’s most definitely Spring and the heat and humidity are even pressing Summer into our minds. Of course, for many of us, Spring and Summer means gardening. Today I am going to share with you about a leafy green that packs a powerful punch you may or may not have known about, chard.
Chard or Swiss chard boasts a heap of wonderful benefits and it’s something easily grown in our own state.
First, it is important to note its multiple studies on animals have shown that chard has unique benefits for blood sugar regulation. Chard contains a very good amount of fiber (over 3.5 grams per cooked cup) and a very good amount of protein (3.5 grams per cooked cup). Fiber and protein-rich foods are a great help to stabilize blood sugar levels, since they help regulate the speed of digestion. One of chard’s premiere flavonoids—has the ability to inhibit activity of an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase. Alpha-glucosidase is an enzyme used to break down carbohydrates into simple sugars. When this enzyme process is inhibited, fewer carbs are broken down and blood sugar is more so steadied.
Chard is also known for its natural anti-oxidant benefits. One fascinating feature of chard is its brightly colored stalk which is usually natures indicator that antioxidants are present. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and the mineral manganese, and a good source of the mineral zinc, all common antioxidants. However, it also boasts beneficial range of phytonutrients from carotenoids like beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin to flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol. These antioxidants and phytonutrients have been shown to provide a good counter to low levels of chronic inflammation that often times causes been shown to increase risk of obesity, atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and several forms of arthritis.
Worth honorable mention, chard with its very good supply of calcium and excellent supply of magnesium and vitamin K, it provides standout bone support.
Remember this article is for information only. Do not make any changes in your diet or lifestyle without first consulting with your preventive health care provider. We always pray for your prosperity and health, 3 John 2, blessings, Donna.