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Kale: Experts weigh in on health benefits, nutrition facts, and more

Microsoft Start Health logo Microsoft Start Health 6 days ago Leticia Soares, Postgraduate Degree in Public and Family Health/Bachelor Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and Cagla E. Kayma, Bachelor of Science Nutrition and Dietetics
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Perspective from Leticia Soares

Benefits

  • Kale is effective in reducing the risk of cancer. Cruciferous vegetables have been shown to have potent inhibitory activities against cancer cell lines. As with other cruciferous vegetables, the positive effect of kale is attributed to phytochemicals.
  • Kale vegetable protects against inflammation and increases the diversity of the gut microbiota. The vegetable increases the representation of beneficials bacterial families associated with health and decreases bacterial families associated with inflammation.

Possible Side Effects

  • Kale can be harmful to people with kidney disfunction. This is due to the high potassium content of kale, that can cause hyperkalemia. Every 100 grams of kale contain about 400 milligrams of potassium.
  • The consumption of Kale can interfere with the action of medicines, such as beta blockers, used to reduce blood pressure and blood thinners drugs, which are recommended to increase the time it takes for blood to clot.

Kale: How much should you eat? Experts weigh in.

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Perspective from Cagla E. Kayma

Benefits

  • Kale has vitamin A (important for eye and bone health and a strong immune system), vitamin C (aids in cold and chronic disease prevention), and vitamin K (Good for blood clotting and bone building). Kale has Folate; a B vitamin that's key for brain development. Kale has Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid.

Possible Side Effects

  • Kale allergy is rare but not unheard of. People who eat kale often at are a higher risk of developing a kale allergy. Rarely, you can also be allergic to all cruciferous vegetables.

Kale: How much should you eat? Experts weigh in.

Love Kale? Get nutritional facts, tips from health experts, and more

This is for information purpose only, and should not be considered as a substitute for medical expertise. These are opinions from an external panel of individual doctors, and not to be considered as opinion of Microsoft. Please seek professional help regarding any health conditions or concerns.

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