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Silverbeet is leafy green vegetable that was named differently to other same plant varieties because of the colour of its stalk ironically.
The silverbeet has a long white coloured stalk that runs up to large, glossy dark green crinkled springy leaves.
Why is silverbeet so good for you?
There are many reasons why silverbeet punches above its weight in regards to nutrients.
It’s often the forgotten leafy green that sits wallowing on the shelf, while its relative’s kale and spinach take all of the supermarket glory riding smugly in health conscious peoples shopping trolleys off to the checkout.
But this may change if you carry on reading. Here’s a short list of the potential ways silverbeet may help you and get them back into the trolley.
- Great source of vitamins and minerals
- High in antioxidants
- Helps improve digestion
- Assists with brain function
- Supports nerve and muscle function
- Helps with blood sugar regulation
As you can see there are many benefits from adding silverbeet into your daily nutrition plan.
High in antioxidants
Silverbeet has a high level of antioxidantsthat help protect and reduce the damage of free radicals in your body.
Free radicals are the harmful by-products of oxygen metabolism that can cause oxidative stress.
Also silverbeet is thought to contain over ten types of polyphenol antioxidants which are compounds that are present in plants.
Polyphenol’s are potent antioxidantsthat that have been gathering momentum in studies worldwide from researchers who are looking into the many health benefits of them.
These higher levels of antioxidants may also help with maintenance of healthy brain function.
Helps with digestion
High fibre vegetables like silverbeet have a positive effect on digestion in general.
The fibre in silverbeet helps with movement and the phytonutrient betalains present in silverbeet help also by decreasing the inflammation in your digestive tract and with the regulation of bowel movements that help draw the toxins out of your body.
The fibre level in silverbeet also supports the slow down the release of sugars into your blood stream after your meals.
Supports nerve and muscle function
This multipurpose super green has high levels of magnesium, calcium, potassium and others that are necessary in helping you with muscle health and also with your nervous system health.
The higher than normal magnesium levels also have other benefits for you, it may help with reduction of muscle cramps, reducing stress levels, insomnia related issues, moods and also assisting with blood pressure regulation.