Why is this oral health superfood Such a hit?
Kale might be one of the healthiest veggies out there, but it’s taken a while for this oral health superfood to make its way from an obscure, hipster food fad, to what is now one of the most popular leafy greens in supermarkets today.
Not only is this enzyme-rich, fibrous, curly green veggie jam-packed full of nutrition, but it’s also incredibly delicious. But do you want to know the best thing about it? It’s an absolute super-hero when it comes to your oral health!
Let’s take a look at why kale is the must-have oral health superfood.
packed full of fiber
Fiber is very important for our digestive health and for regulating bowel movements. But more importantly, it helps to manage blood sugar levels. Almost 10% of the US population have diabetes (source), so controlling blood sugar is becoming of increasing importance.
You may be thinking, “What does diabetes have to do with oral health?” A lot actually. You see, the higher your blood sugar the less saliva you produce. Our teeth and gums rely solely on the nutrients in our saliva to remineralize dentin and tooth enamel. as well as helping neutralize mouth acids, so it’s important to have a continuous flow of saliva to keep flushing away those toxins and excess sugars.
Additionally, as blood sugar rises so does the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Not only does fiber slow down the intake of sugar absorption but it has the added benefit of leaving you feeling fuller for longer. This means you can skip that sneaky sugar spike that leaves you feeling hungry for more sugar and carbs soon after a meal!
Check out our article, ‘The Connection between Diabetes and Oral Health‘, for more information on this topic.
Brimming with teeth and gum-loving nutrients
This oral health superfood is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat and here’s why…
It’s a mineral master
Kale is loaded with macro-minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus) as well as trace minerals (copper, selenium, manganese, and iron). Not only do all these minerals promote healthy body function and body repair but they act as the key ingredient to preventative dental medicine.
It’s one of the best sources of vitamin K
This lesser-known nutrient plays a major role in helping to build a strong, healthy bone structure. It does this by working together with vitamin D to help calcium find its way into our bones. Also known as the “blood-clotting vitamin”, vitamin K helps your blood to clot so your body can heal its wounds.
It’s bursting with many more gum-healing vitamins
Kale is loaded in vitamin A (beta carotene) and vitamin C which are both very important vitamins for gum health. Vitamin A helps the body to absorb calcium and helps promote saliva production. Vitamin C is arguably the most essential vitamin for healthy gums and is absolutely key to the processes of cell growth, healing, and repair of tissue. This high vitamin C and vitamin A content also do wonders for your hair, skin, and nails. Additionally, kale is packed full of B-vitamins such as B6, niacin, and B1, which are all excellent anti-inflammatories!
It’s the king of antioxidants!
Kale has many powerful antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol, which help fight oxidative damage and free radicals in the body. They have powerful anti-inflammatory, heart-protective, blood pressure-lowering, anti-viral, antidepressant and anti-cancer effects, just to name a few.
It’s loaded with essential fatty acids
Kale contains an essential Omega-3 fatty acid, Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA), which our bodies cannot produce on its own. ALA helps the body break down carbohydrates to make energy for other parts of the body. Benefits range from lowered blood pressure, improved skin, increased insulin activity, heart health, reduced inflammation and protection against cancer.
Kale contains more calcium than milk and more vitamin C than an orange!
As we know, both calcium and vitamin C are vital for tooth and gum health, so make sure you go down to the grocery store today folks and grab yourself a great big bunch of fresh kale. You may like to make a delicious, super green smoothie, a yummy salad or give it a light steam with some olive oil.
As one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, it would be rude not to include this oral health superfood it into your daily diet. And you can rest assured that your body will definitely thank you for it!
Do you know what else has more vitamin C than an orange? Our all-natural tooth and gum powder! Vitamin C is essential for so many bodily processes because of its major role in cell renewal, development, and repair of all body tissues. It’s a vitamin we cannot live without! By brushing your teeth with Good-Gums, vitamin C is absorbed directly by the gum tissue giving help right where it’s needed!
What’s good for your gums is good for you!