Did you know that there are nearly 400 million vegetarians worldwide?
Vegetarianism provides countless benefits for the planet and overall body health. If you are a vegetarian, vegan, or practice any other plant-based diet, it can be challenging at times. So it’s important to educate yourself on foods needed to achieve proper balanced nutrition. And leafy greens are a must!
Contrary to popular belief, most plant-based diets are not lacking in protein. This is a result of protein-packed beans, lentils and pastas that often make the plate. However, the top nutrient deficiencies in plant-based diets include vitamin B12, calcium, iron, zinc, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, predominantly found in animal proteins.
EAT YOUR GREENS
To combat this, up the intake of veggies that are rich in these essential vitamins and minerals. Leafy greens are like a nutrient powerhouse. Vertical Roots greens provide nearly all of these noted nutrients that meatless diets are lacking (and then some).
Knowledge is power. Food nutrition education is key to make proper food choices. So here’s a quick rundown of the benefits these nutrients provide your vitality and health.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids can help prevent blood clotting, promote heart health as well as fight inflammation, depression and anxiety.
Iron: Foods like leafy greens are rich in vitamin C will also help iron absorption. Even though iron from plants is not as easily absorbed, eating them in abundance can make a difference in your iron level.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps boost your immune system and may help combat iron deficiency, lower heart disease risk, and lower blood pressure.
Vitamin B12: Vertical Roots’ leafy greens contain 5 of the 8 vitamins in the Vitamin B complex, which are beyond essential for your body’s functioning.
- B5 (pantothenic acid) promotes the production and release of antibodies from B-cells
- B6 may promote brain health, eye health, and may help fight depression
- B1 (thiamin) is needed for nerve and muscle functions as well as metabolizing carbohydrates
- B2 (riboflavin) is needed for metabolism and energy production
- B12 helps to maintain healthy cells, nerves, and DNA production
Vertical Roots leafy greens have countless other antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy heart, memory, immune system, strong bones, eyesight and even skin: Beta-carotene, Fiber, Potassium, Folate, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K. Read about all of the nutrient benefits here.