Let’s Talk About Dark Leafy Greens!

Dark leafy greens contain a variety of beneficial antioxidants and micronutrients with a large variety of metabolic, weight/anti-obesity, cardiovascular, arterial, gastrointestinal, dermal (skin), anti-inflammatory, nervous, cognitive, and mood/emotional benefits (Guerrera et al., 2009; Alkhatib et al., 2017; Zurbau et al., 2020; Persia et al., 2022; Erlinger et al., 2001; Schultz et al., 2019).

The magnesium in dark green vegetables is attributed with improving glucose utilization and metabolism and preventing/ reducing sugar cravings, diabetes, and weight excess (Guerrera et al., 2009; Alkhatib et al., 2017).

The antioxidant beta-carotene found in many fruits and dark leafy green vegetables is a precursor to Retinol (Vitamin A, another antioxidant), and has many anti-inflammatory properties (Persia et al., 2022; Erlinger et al., 2001; Schultz et al., 2019; Augusta Odorissi Xavier & Perez-Galvez 2016).








  • 8 oz of dark green leafy vegetables (e.g.,, spinach, baby bok choy, or baby kale).
  • 2.25 cups of blueberries.
  • 1 banana.
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed.
  • ½ cup of soy milk (plain or vanilla) or unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
  • ½ cup of water.

Health Benefits:

  • Lower CRP is associated with reduced risk of inflammatory conditions:
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • COVID-19
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Chronic kidney disease and injury
  • Nonallergic asthma
  • COPD
  • Hypertension
  • All-cause mortality

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