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When it comes to cancer fighting foods, collard greens are super heavyweights, says Dr. Will Clower, founder of Mediterranean Wellness. Watch the video to find out why.
Members of the cruciferous family, which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts and collards help detoxify the body. They also work to help starve cancer cells by cutting off the blood supply that tumors need to grow. Collards are also an excellent source of vitamins K, A and C and also fight inflammation, which is often linked to chronic disease.
Cruciferous vegetables such as collards have been shown to help protect women against ovarian cancer and increase the survival rate in women diagnosed with this silent killer. Researchers believe that the cancer-fighting protection of crucifers is tied to compounds called isothiacyanates that help the body to eliminate key carcinogens tied not only to ovarian, but also breast and other cancers.
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Considered one of the milder greens, collards provide nearly five times the daily requirement of vitamin K, which along with their folate may help protect against osteoporosis. In addition, collards are loaded with beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, making them a superfood for the eyes.
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