There are more reasons than ever to “eat your greens”

Iron, vitamin A, antioxidants the average serve of green vegetables contains an impressive number of goodies. But while they all share the same colour partly due to their chlorophyll content each one brings a slightly different health benefit to the table. So, whether it’s for easing a hangover or preventing cancer, there’s a green vegie that fits the bill.

Watercress a daily dose of watercress can significantly reduce DNA damage to blood cells, something that’s believed to be an important trigger in the development of cancer. Irish researchers found consuming watercress regularly is linked to an overall reduced risk of cancer at various sites in the body. Choose bunches with fresh looking leaves and healthy, robust stems.

Broccoli Researchers have discovered another reason broccoli is so good for you by stimulating the release of antioxidant enzymes, the cruciferous vegetable helps protect against the respiratory inflammation that leads to asthma and allergic rhinitis (think runny nose and watery eyes). A half cup serve of cooked broccoli also provides near to 60 per cent of your daily vitamin C requirements. (more…)