Kale: POWERHOUSE of Nutrition

By Bob McCauley, ND

 Kale is one of the first foods I harvest from my garden in the spring because I cover it in the fall and it always survives through the winter.

I grow Russian Kale – or Ragged Jack Kale – pictured left.  There are a great variety of kale plants.  In the summer I have so many other greens, mustard, parsley, argula, lambs quarter, etc, I don’t ever eat the kale in the salads, but rather I juice it since I have so much.  I can harvest a huge basket and by the following week its all back as though I had picked nothing.  A basket of kale yields about one coffee cup of pure, powerful kale juice, which is many time stronger than wheatgrass.  It’s darker and more pungent.  I put it through my vegetable juicer and drink it down.  Now that’s a POWERHOUSE!

 

Bob

 

 

General Information on Kale 

Kale is so attractive with its ruffled leaves and deep colors that it is often used as a decorative garnish. But that hardly takes advantage of this leafy green’s many benefits! This mild but powerful vegetable is a source of indole-3-carbinol, which may be beneficial to the colon. Studies have also shown that Kale may support vital organs and even promote cardiovascular health. Kale’s vitamin-rich propertiesmake it a good leafy-green choice for your table, providing Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. Just don’t leave it as a garnish!

Kale (Brassica Oleracea Acephala), a leafy member of the cabbage family, is an annual plant that is best grown in cool weather. Though Kale leaves can easily survive a frost, they wilt and become bitter in heat.

Kale is most commonly a rich green color, though it can also be found displaying a wide variety of colors, such as white, blue, lavender, or red. The leaves of the Kale plantgrow loosely instead of forming a head like cabbage, and they can be ruffled or straight, depending on the variety. Kale fully matures in approximately 50 to 60 days; however, it is often picked young for a mellower flavor. Kale is commonly eaten cooked, although it can also be eaten raw in salads.

Kale is a very good source of Vitamin K, as well as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper andManganese. This nutritious leafy green also contains dietary fiber, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus.

As is common in cruciferous vegetables, Kale has numerous compounds contained in its curly leaves that may be beneficial to one’s health. One such compound is indole-3-carbinol, which may promote colon health, and another is sulforaphane, which has been shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular health.

Studies have also shown that Kale may be beneficial to the cardiovascular system as well as the bladder.


About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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One Response to Kale: POWERHOUSE of Nutrition

  1. Elizabeth Etienne says:

    HI Bob. been reading about your opinions of the best kinds of water to drink. Im a bit confused because I buy my water from a place that describes its water as: “100% Natural Purified Water with Ionic Minerals of Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and 72 Trace Minerals. Premium Alkaline Oxygen Water utilizing a proprietary blend of 72 Trace Ionic Minerals, primarily Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium that arise from Precious Pearls, Coral and Volcanic Rock…”
    I read on your blog that purified water is not good because it has no minerals. this company claims they add minerals to the water. is there any way to test the water to know if its good or bad for me? I do have mild high blood pressure from time to time as well as irregular heart beats so this is a concern. I’m only 48 and fairly active.

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