Healthy Foods: Keen for mustard greens

Mustard greens are the leaves of the mustard plant. These beautiful dark leafy greens are in season from December through April and they add a distinct peppery flavor to the dishes you add them to. And they are extremely good for you, too.
A member of the cruciferous veggie family, a serving of mustard greens packs a potent dose of nutrition.
Check out the nutrients you’ll find in a serving of mustard greens:
• Vitamins A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, and B6
• Folate
• Fiber
• Manganese
• Calcium
• Tryptophan
• Potassium
• Protein
• Copper
• Phosphorus
• Iron
• Magnesium
Mustard greens also provide you with the following health benefits:
Lower cholesterol. Mustard greens bind bile acids in the digestive tract, making it easier for bile to be eliminated from the body. This bile binding actually lowers the body’s cholesterol levels. Steamed mustard greens are better for bile binding than raw cruciferous veggies.
Prevent cancer. Mustard greens are packed with special phytonutrients that contain cancer-preventative properties.
Reduce inflammation. Mustard greens contain an extremely high amount of vitamin K (more than 500% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin K in one cup of mustard greens). Vitamin K plays a major role within the body, regulating your body’s inflammatory response.
Cardiovascular health. Eating mustard greens can lower your risk of heart attack, atherosclerosis, heart disease, and other cardiovascular diseases.

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