2. Collard Greens (Score – 1000)
They belong to the Cruciferous family of vegetables and they are known for their ability to reduce heart diseases and cancer. They also eliminate infections due to their antimicrobial properties.
Unlike broccoli and kale and cabbage, you won’t find many research studies devoted to the specific health benefits of collard greens. However, collard greens are sometimes included in a longer list of cruciferous vegetables that are lumped together and examined for the health benefits they provide. Based on a very small number of studies looking specifically at collard greens, and a larger number of studies looking at cruciferous vegetables as a group (and including collard greens on the list of vegetables studied), cancer prevention appears to be a standout area for collard greens with respect to their health benefits.
Our body’s detox process involves two distinct steps—called Phase 1 and Phase 2—and collard greens provide nutrients that support both of these steps. In Phase 1 of detox, potentially toxic compounds are activated to make them more reactive. Phase 1 of detox requires strong antioxidant support, and collards are antioxidant-rich greens that contain phenols, polyphenols, and conventional antioxidant nutrients like vitamins C and E.