Collard greens are wonderfully nutritious. Collard greens are very low in calories and contain no cholesterol. Its green leaves contain a good amount of insoluble and soluble dietary fiber that aids in the control of LDL cholesterol levels and offers protection against constipation, hemorrhoids, as well as colon cancer diseases.
Collard greens are considered to be wholesome foods. Collard greens are rich in valuable sources of phyto-nutrients possessing potent anti-cancer properties, such as sulforaphane and di-indolyl-methane (DIM) that have proven benefits against prostate, cervical, breast, ovarian, and colon cancers by virtue of their cytotoxic effects and cancer-cell growth inhibition on cancer cells.
Di-indolyl-methane also has been found to be effective immune modulator, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties by potentiating Interferon-gamma receptors.
Collard greens are also rich in vitamin-C which is a powerful natural anti-oxidant that aids in the protection against flu-like viral infections and free radical injury.
Collard greens are a great source of vitamin-A and carotenoid anti-oxidants such as carotenes, lutein, crypto-xanthin , zea-xanthin, etc. These compounds have been scientifically found to contain antioxidant properties. Vitamin A also aids in the maintaining of healthy skin and mucus membranes and is also critical for healthy vision.
Collard greens contain an amazingly high level of vitamin-K. Vitamin K has a possible role in increasing bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bone. It also has a favorable effect in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.
Collard greens are rich in several vital B-complex groups of minerals such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), niacin (vitamin B-3), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and riboflavin.
Collard greens are abundant in minerals like calcium, copper, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc.