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Chard Health Benefits

Swiss chard, also known as spinach-chard or silverbeet, is one of the popular green leafy vegetables of European origin. Chard belongs to the same family as beets and spinach and shares a similar taste profile with a flavour that is bitter, pungent, and slightly salty.

 

Swiss chard is truly one of the vegetable valedictorians with its exceptionally impressive list of health-promoting nutrients.

 

Swiss chard is a nutritional powerhouse an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber.

 

Chard is one of the excellent vegetable sources for vitamin-K; 100 g provides about 700% of recommended intake. Vitamin K has potential role bone health by promoting osteotrophic (bone formation and strengthening) activity. 

 

Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established role in the treatment of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Chard’s high vitamin C content provides even more immune support. Just 1 cup of cooked Swiss chard supplies more than a third of your daily value of vitamin C.

 

Vitamin E, another chard superstar, has shown anti-inflammatory effects and helps protect tissue from oxidation damage.

 

Swiss chard is one of the super foods that are known for its cancer preventative properties thanks to the fiber, chlorophyll, phytochemicals, and other plant pigments it contains.

 

Studies have found that leafy green vegetables are particularly beneficial against colon cancer.

 

Swiss chard contains syringic acid and fiber acid, both of which help to regulate blood sugar levels. If you are at risk for diabetes or you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you should eat more leafy green vegetables such as Swiss chard.

 

Swiss chard is rich in biotin, an important hair vitamin that promotes hair growth and strength.

 

Research has found that 30 mcg per day of biotin is beneficial for the hair and one cup of Swiss chard contains about 10.5 mcg.

 

Swiss chard also has high amounts of vitamins C and A, both of which assist the hair follicles in the production of sebum.

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