I truly love following the six nutritional principles. Among them is variety; by adding a variety of ingredients -- in this case veggies I make my meals less “ehhhh” and more tasty, balanced and offer my body quality.
Bok choy has earned its place among many health-conscious meals. I have new recipes coming at you highlighting this nutritious veggie. Stay tuned as I will be sharing a recipe with bok choy on my next Monday Meal Share.
This veggie is a rich source with a myriad of nutrients offering a list of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Deficient on any of the following, then add some bok choy to your meals! Remember to always consult with a health professional first.
Vitamin A, B6, C, K, E
Beta carotene is an antioxidant that converts to Vitamin A
Iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium
Arginine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid
Due to the link between these health properties bok choy helps promote and improve:
…among so many other wonderful benefits
For instance, our circulation system is responsible for putting in the work to send blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout our body. So, when we experience a reduced flow of blood, oxygen or nutrients we experience poor circulation causing a host of health issues. Iron plays a big role in hemoglobin formation and oxygen transport. (Abbaspour et al., 20124, n.p.)
Another highlight from the bok choy wonders is the association between Vitamin K and “the important function it has within the body, some of which are still being discovered. Research has shown that vitamin K is an anticalcification, anticancer, bone-forming and insulin-sensitising molecule”. (DiNicolantonio et al., 2015, n.p.)
Moreover, a broad of data has suggested that the implementation of Vitamin K can help osteopororis and its consequences. A meta-anlaysis study showed that vitamin K2 significantly reduced hip and vertebral fractures and benefits saw an increase in bone strength. (DiNicolantonio et al., 2015, n.p.)
Abbaspour, N., Hurrell, R., & Kelishadi, R. (2014). Review on iron and its importance for human health. Journal of research in medical sciences : the official journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, 19(2), 164–174.
DiNicolantonio, J. J., Bhutani, J., & O'Keefe, J. H. (2015). The health benefits of vitamin K. Open heart, 2(1), e000300. doi:10.1136/openhrt-2015-000300