And even the Greeks and Romans talked about the powerful healing qualities of Swiss Chard many years ago... and in my mind Swiss Chard is right up there with Kale as far as being a very healthy food.
Swiss Chard has 12 or more polyphenols that protect the heart from the ravages of free radicals, prevent strokes, and also cancer. Swiss Chard also contains flavonoids such as kaempferol which is great for preventing disease.
And like like beets Swiss Chard contains lots of betalain which is important as a anti-inflammatory agents... and helping to detox the body.
Plus Swiss Chard contains isobetanidin, isobeanin, alanineabetaxanthin, 3-methoxytryramine, betaxanthin, and many more powerful antioxidants that slow the aging process and prevent disease.
Swiss Chard also contains epoxyxanthophyll carotenoids which are important for eye health and nervous system health. And lots of chlorophyll which is a very powerful anti-oxidant and detoxing agent for the body.
Swiss Chard has over 7 times that daily amount of Vitamin K needed for good health and preventing unwanted clotting in arteries, twice the daily amount of Vitamin A which is important for boosting your immune system , and half your needs of Vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. Plus Vitamin E for preventing cataracts and lowering cholesterol. B Vitamins for energy, metabolism, and vitality, plus tryptophan for a good nights rest.
And Swiss Chard has lots of wonderful trace minerals including phosphorus and calcium for strong bones, zinc for boosting your immune system so you don’t catch colds, copper and iron for anemia, manganese for preventing osteoporosis, plus magnesium for enzyme creation and regulation. And Swiss Chard has lots of fiber for colon health... and for creating the best environment for the growth of probiotic bacteria. And Swiss Chard contains some protein and hardly any fat making it great for weight loss.
Swiss Chard is a good anti-inflammatory agent helping with arthritis, diabetes, and atherosclerosis... and even contains zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, and lutein for preventing macular degeneration.
And Swiss Chard can lower LDL or bad cholesterol and lower blood pressure too, thus helping to keep your cardiovascular system going for many years to come. And because Swiss Chard contains biotin it’s important for strong healthy looking hair.
Swiss Chard is easy to grow... and if you cut it off it comes back up and you have a long lasting supply of great tasting healthy food.
Add Swiss Chard to soups, stews, make chard chips in the oven, use it in stir fries, in casseroles, make juice with it, and add it to just about any dish you like. But Swiss Chard does have oxalates in it, so if you seem to be prone to urinary stones skip the Swiss Chard... but other than that Swiss Chard is a very healthy food.
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, Shambala Spiritual Transformation Institute, Meditation for the Soul, and Relax Into Success, Punjab teas, and at www.paulhaider.com - feel free to contact him any time. Also check out Dr. Haider’s radio show at http://www.thesourcecenterradio.com/The-Relaxed-Soul.html June show to be about “Divine Particles”