3 Nutrients in Leafy Greens You Didn’t Know You Needed

Leafy green vegetables like our baby Dream Greens are nutritional powerhouses, chock full of nutrients that are important for keeping us healthy and strong.  You may have heard that greens are incredible sources of Vitamins C and beta carotene, essential nutrients with potent antioxidant and reparative properties. While you may be familiar with the nutrition panel on the back of the cereal box, there are potentially thousands of health-enhancing, magical vitamins, minerals and compounds in greens that don’t get as much love or attention.

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In addition to leafy greens, cashews and edamame are also good sources of magnesium, so be sure to try our Superfood Stir-fry for a major magnesium boost!

Below are 3 nutrients in greens that you didn’t know you needed:

Lutein

Lutein is a member of the carotenoid family, just like beta carotene (the plant form of Vitamin A). Along with another compound called zeaxanthin, lutein is a macular pigment, which means it lives in our eyes and serves as a major protector from sun damage, preventing chronic eye diseases such as cataracts.  Dark leafy greens are excellent sources of both lutein and zeaxanthin, so keep those eyes open for Dream Greens!

Folate

Dark leafy greens and lettuces are good sources of Folate.  A member of the B family of vitamins, Folate plays a wide variety of important roles in our bodies, including DNA production and healthy cell growth.  Folate deficiency may lead to neural tube defects in newborns, so it is especially important for women that are pregnant or nursing to consume adequate folate.  Folate is naturally occurring in beef liver, beans and leafy greens, but many cereal and grain products are also fortified with folate.  Dream Greens are good sources of folate all around, especially our baby Kale: 1 serving will get you a whopping 30% of your daily folate needs!

Magnesium

Even though it is a trace mineral, magnesium is a superstar nutrient with hundreds of jobs in our bodies.  Some of its major activities include making sure our muscles and nerves are working properly, keeping our blood sugar and blood pressure in check, and even keeping our heart beating to the right rhythm. In recent years, soil quality has been declining around the world, which directly impacted the presence of magnesium in our food supply.  Thankfully, this does not apply to your package of Dream Greens–the way we grow ensures that our greens receive the perfect amount of vitamins and minerals like magnesium all year round.  

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Sources:

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Folate-HealthProfessional/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9828775

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221451411500121X