Including Swiss chard routinely into your diet will have your body yodeling like an Alpine schoolkid! Recent research has shown that chard leaves astoundingly contain at least 13 different polyphenols. Polyphenols protect your body from aging and disease. The more variety of polyphenols we give to our system, the better diverse protection we have against every health ailment from wrinkles and the common cold, to more serious threats like cancer.
Additionally, Swiss chard comes in numerous lush and vibrant colors! These colors are constructed from anti-oxidant and anti-inflamatory pigments. Swiss chard has over 28 anti-oxidant and anti-inflamatory pigments! While these pigments protect cell integrity, they also play a crucial role in detoxing! Detoxing isn’t something that one do once a season, as in a cleanse, it’s something that has to happen every day, or we don’t live healthy, productive lives! Every day, we bring nutrients to our cells through healthy vegetables, fruits, and grains. In addition to supplying our cells with healthy nutrients, we also have to remove the old nutrients that were brought before, ie toxic cellular waste. If we don’t take out old toxins from our bodies, we run the risk of serious toxicity that will leave us sick, depressed, and generally unhappy. The pigments in Swiss chard act like an army of cleaning agents to take that toxic waste out of our cells so we can live strong and healthy!
Swiss chard also:
- stabalizes blood sugar
- has over 200% vitamin A
- has over 50% vitamin C
- aids in cell regeneration
- lowers the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis
- supports bone health
Swiss chard ranks second only to spinach in all around nutrient value. The best way to receive all the benefits Swiss chard has to offer is to boil it. Slice leaves 1-inch wide and the stems 1/2-inch wide and boil for just 3 minutes Colored stems, while having the most pigments, are very tough, so eat colored stems in conjunction with white stems. Do not wash Swiss chard before storing as the exposure to water encourages spoilage. Place chard in a plastic storage bag and wrap the bag tightly around the chard, squeezing out as much of the air from the bag as possible. Place in refrigerator where it will keep fresh for up to 5 days. Do not soak chard as this will result in the loss of water-soluble nutrients to the water.
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