July 07, 2014

dandelion greens...

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This week we are adding dandelion greens to our juice!  Below are some fun facts on this summer green...

Dandelion greens are very good for the liver, which is the main organ of detoxification of the blood. By strengthening the liver cells, they helping remove bile and waste out by having an astringent and bitter property.  They are loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients important for healthy eyesight. Consuming at least 12 milligrams combined of lutein and zeaxanthin daily lowers your risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Dandelion greens also provide considerable amounts of vitamins A and K. Both nutrients affect your blood. Vitamin K regulates the formation of blood clots, while vitamin A supports new blood cell growth. Vitamin A also plays a role in eye function and supports your immune system, while vitamin K helps maintain healthy bones. Each serving of dandelion greens boasts a vitamin A content of 11,177 international units and a vitamin K content of 856 micrograms. This provides your entire recommended daily intake of both nutrients, according to the Institute of Medicine.

Incorporate dandelion greens into your diet as an excellent source of vitamin C, as well as a vegetarian-friendly source of calcium. Vitamin C and calcium both positively affect your bones -- you need calcium to maintain bone density and rely on vitamin C to produce collagen, which makes your bones resistant to damage. Both nutrients also support nerve cell communication and contribute to nervous system function.

Have a great week!!


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