First records date this flowering dark leafy superfood back to 647 AD, China.
It’s Health benefits include lowering the risk of cancer, improving bone health, and maintaining healthy blood glucose levels.
It’s full of iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin c, vitamin a, potassium, and folate which are all massive contributors to anti aging and skin health.
Iron can help prevent hair loss, speed up wound healing and give your skin an extra glow due to increased oxygen in your blood. While calcium is a natural skin exfoliate by increasing the rate of growth and regeneration from cell turnover. Magnesium has a number of topical skin benefits (stay tuned for a more in depth post on this!) and internal consumption of magnesium can provide acne relief due to its natural abilities to lower the levels of cortisol in your body, also known as the “stress hormone”, which can promote acne. It is packed with both Vitamin C and A. Your skin naturally contains high levels of Vitamin C which helps maintain the level of collagen in your dermis, supplementing Vitamin C is necessary as you age. Vitamin A can be found in your typical “retinoid creams” due to its ability to increase skin firmness, and evidence supports that deficiencies of Vitamin A in your diet decrease your rate of wound healing. The Potassium and Folate help balance the electrolytes and antioxidants in your skin respectively, which are also vital for your overall skin health.
And most importantly.. it aids in preventing..
What is Oxidative Stress?
The effects of oxidative stress vary in severity from causing you to get a cold more often to leading to the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. It also increases skin aging. Oxidative stress in the body can be promoted by lifestyle choices such as a bad diet high in fat and sugars and lack of exercise but it can also be effected by the pollutants in our air.
Long story short: over time, it damages cells and protein structures found in the body which are necessary to prevent aging. Oxidative stress increases your rate of aging. Yikes.
here’s how you can easily add it to your daily diet even if you don’t cook. even if you don’t grocery shop. just add a spoon or two!