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Acne & Kale

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author image Kathryn Flynn, M.P.H.
Kathryn Flynn is a health educator and a writer specializing in nutrition. She has worked in high school health education, plant-based nutrition counseling, yoga instruction, public health promotion and childhood obesity prevention. Flynn holds a Master of Public Health and is a certified plant-based nutritionist, holistic health coach and yoga instructor.
Acne & Kale
Kale is a leafy green vegetable that contains antioxidants to help fight acne. Photo Credit Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Acne is a disease affecting the skin that occurs when the hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria and oil. Although there are no scientifically proven causes of acne, there are many theories about possible aggravating factors. Dr. James Fulton has identified diet as a possible cause of acne. Consuming foods such as kale that are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients could reduce your chances of having acne.

What is Kale?

Kale is a dark, leafy green that is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family and closely related to cabbage and broccoli. It is very high in antioxidants and vitamins A, C and K. These nutrients can heal your skin and reverse skin damage. A 1 cup serving has 36 calories and provides calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. The high chlorophyll content of kale delivers substances that reduce inflammation, like acne, and detoxify your body.

Antioxidants for Acne

Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body, which can cause DNA damage and cancer and weaken the immune system. Acne flare-ups can be prevented or reduced by the consumption of foods high in antioxidants, like kale. The antioxidants help strengthen your immune system and prevent free radicals from destroying your skin.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Kale

Kale has a remarkably high anti-inflammatory ranking of 257 because of its antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. According to Monica Reinagel and her diet plan that fights inflammation, it is beneficial to eat foods with an inflammation factor ranking of at least 50, so you are more than covered with kale. The anti-inflammatory properties of the leafy green can help reduce inflammation in the body and decrease your likelihood for skin inflammation in the form of acne.

Kale Ideas

If you are trying to clear your acne, you can add kale to your diet in a variety of ways. You can juice it or blend the kale into a smoothie, chop it and use as your lettuce for a salad, lightly steam it and drizzle with lemon juice or bake it in the oven for a crispy chip-like snack.

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