Sukuma Wiki; The Best Roughage

All green leafy vegetables are amazingly healthy. The most easily accessible vegetable in that group in Kenya has to be Sukuma Wiki, also known as Kale. Sukuma Wiki in Swahili literally means push through the week, depicting just how common place it is on Kenyan dinner tables. You have probably eaten it all your life, but I bet you you’ll go for second helpings tonight when you realize just how good it actually is for you.

1. Ideal for weight management and detox

Did you know a cup of kale has zero fat and only about 36 calories? The fibre in this lovely vegetable not only aides in digestion, it also keeps your liver healthy, lowers cholestoral and maintains ideal blood sugar levels in your body. Not forgetting it has copious amounts of vitamic C that increases your metabolism and hydrates your skin.

2. Glowing skin

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids make you beautiful inside and out, making your skin, nails and hair glow with health

3. Improves your eyesight

The Vitamin A found in kale help store vitamins in the retina and helps protect the optical disorders that come with age.

4. Strengthens your Immune System

Kale’s impressive concentration of nutrients strengthens the immune system and fights viruses and bacteria. Kale has more iron than beef, making it a great source of this valuable mineral for vegans and vegetarians. It helps more oxygen get to your blood and greatly helps those who are anemic.

5. Anti-inflammatory

The omega-3 fatty acids in kale help fight and alleviate arthritis, autoimmune disorders and asthma. The vitamin C content helps relieve stiff joints.

6.Fighting Disease

Kale, like other dark green veggies, may be helpful in preventing various cancers such as colon, prostate and ovarian. Its abundant vitamin K content is important for bone health, forestalling the effects of osteoporosis. And the folic acid and B6 provide cardiovascular support and prevent heart disease.

7. Kale is high in Vitamin K

Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

There you have it, if there ever was a wonder food, it is sukuma wiki. Enjoy it as a side dish to your ugali and fry or by itself, or check out these interesting recipes.

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