Friday, September 13, 2013

Kale Makes a Comeback

Suddenly kale is everywhere. You'll find bagged, fresh kale in
the produce section of the supermarkets and crispy baked kale
in the chip aisle. Once a lowly garnish, kale has made the leap
to veggie superstar.
That's good news for people with arthritis, because kale's
loaded with nutrients- especially vitamin K, which fights
All that K may help stave off osteoarthritis (OA), too. A study
published in Arthritis & Rheumatism found that people who
don't get enough of it are more likely to develop early signs of
OA in their hands and knees- namely, bone spurs and a narrowing
of the space between joints, a sign of cartilage breakdown.
Kale is also a great source of vitamin C, which recent studies show
can benefit bone and joint health.
And because kale is low in calories, you can eat plenty and keep
the weight off, and that prevents inflammation and stress on joints,
says registered dietician Ruth Frechman, a spokesperson for the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
-Arthritis Today Magazine