Just like many other leafy greens, Swiss chard is one of the vegetables exceptionally rich in nutrients. These not only prevent many life-threatening diseases but improve the quality of your life by detoxifying your body and boosting your brain power. Despite its name, Swiss chard has nothing to do with Switzerland. It originated in the Mediterranean, where it is still widely used. It’s loaded with vitamins K, A and C, and contains 3 times the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, and over 40% of recommended daily dose of vitamin A. Ancient Greeks and Romans knew this, and used this plant more as medicine, than food. Why not take advantage of this amazing vegetable, and include it in your diet? Whether you have it fresh, cooked, stir-fried or stewed, you’ll be doing yourself a great favor. Swiss chard nourishes you (with vitamins and minerals), protects you (with antioxidants), and boosts your mental and physical power (with beta-carotene and iron). What more could you expect from simple, green leaves?
One of the most important benefits of Swiss chard is its ability to regulate the blood sugar levels and keep them stable, preventing fluctuations that can be extremely dangerous for those who have diabetes, or for those at a high risk of developing diabetes. Swiss chard contains an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid which can increase sensitivity to blood sugar-managing hormones, and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes. It also helps by reducing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy or autonomic neuropathy.
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