From the hair on your head to the bones that support you and the blood that runs through you, your body relies on minerals for optimal health.
A traditional Southern embellishment to soups, stews, and entrées, collard greens provide an impressive array of key vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, K, C, the B-vitamin folate, iron, calcium, and manganese.
These nutrients play an important role in protecting our cells from damage and supporting the body's natural processes for controlling inflammation. Collard greens tend to be less expensive than other cruciferous vegetables so you can really get a nutritious bang for your buck. It's best to buy organic greens to avoid contamination from insecticides, an issue with conventionally grown produce.
To receive the terrific benefits of this vegetable, include it in your diet several times a
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