Another vegetable that makes its way into many of our formulas here at Super Cubes is silverbeet.
In other countries silverbeet can go by many different names, names like chard, swiss chard and it’s even called spinach in England.
But in Australia, we know it simply as silverbeet and it certainly has many health benefits.
If you have ever grown silverbeet or bought it from the supermarket you would know that it is a dark, quite dense leafy green that is great for using in cooking and in our case, using it in healthy smoothies.
So we thought we’d take the time to let you know about some of the health benefits of silverbeet and also let you know more about silverbeet itself.
What is silverbeet?
Silverbeet is leafy green vegetable that was named differently to other same plant varieties because of the colour of its stalk ironically.
The silverbeet has a long white coloured stalk that runs up to large, glossy dark green crinkled springy leaves.
There are quite a few variations of chard (silverbeet’s relatives) stalk colours including red, orange, yellow and of course, the white stalk present in silverbeet.
These colour variations run from the stalk right through the end of the leaf like veins on a fully pumped forearm after an intense arm workout.
Like many of the leafy green vegetable varieties silverbeet is thought to have originated in the northern Mediterranean area and has been written about many times throughout history.
So silverbeet, chard and its variations have been used in cooking and for good health through the ages and is still being used today.
Why is silverbeet so good for you?
There are many reasons why silverbeet punches above its weight in regards to nutrients.
It’s often the forgotten leafy green that sits wallowing on the shelf, while its relative’s kale and spinach take all of the supermarket glory riding smugly in health conscious peoples shopping trolleys off to the checkout.
But this may change if you carry on reading. Here’s a short list of the potential ways silverbeet may help you and get them back into the trolley.
- Great source of vitamins and minerals
- High in antioxidants
- Helps improve digestion
- Assists with brain function
- Supports nerve and muscle function
- Helps with blood sugar regulation
- Easy to harvest and grow in space
As you can see there are many benefits from adding silverbeet into your daily nutrition plan.
Great source of vitamins and minerals
Silverbeet is jam packed with vitamins and minerals!
Some of the levels in one cooked cup of silverbeet can almost hit or are well over the RDI for Australia. You can see the vitamin and mineral levels in the “What’s in silverbeet?” section below.
High in antioxidants
Silverbeet has a high level of antioxidantsthat help protect and reduce the damage of free radicals in your body.
Free radicals are the harmful by-products of oxygen metabolism that can cause oxidative stress.
Also silverbeet is thought to contain over ten types of polyphenol antioxidants which are compounds that are present in plants.
Polyphenol’s are potent antioxidantsthat that have been gathering momentum in studies worldwide from researchers who are looking into the many health benefits of them.
These higher levels of antioxidants may also help with maintenance of healthy brain function.
Helps with digestion
High fibre vegetables like silverbeet have a positive effect on digestion in general.
The fibre in silverbeet helps with movement and the phytonutrient betalains present in silverbeet help also by decreasing the inflammation in your digestive tract and with the regulation of bowel movements that help draw the toxins out of your body.
The fibre level in silverbeet also supports the slow down the release of sugars into your blood stream after your meals.
Easy to harvest and grow in space
This is particularly helpful if you are looking at interplanetary travel in the coming years.
This leafy green was shown to have one of the highest yields from weekly harvests under both light test conditions.
That’s why silverbeet was chosen for the space program due to this yield and the fact it is rich in vitamins and minerals too.
Supports nerve and muscle function
This multipurpose super green has high levels of magnesium, calcium, potassium and others that are necessary in helping you with muscle health and also with your nervous system health.
The higher than normal magnesium levels also have other benefits for you, it may help with reduction of muscle cramps, reducing stress levels, insomnia related issues, moods and also assisting with blood pressure regulation.
What’s in silverbeet?
Silverbeet has a very broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals as well as other great nutrient levels as well.
Here are the nutrient levels you will get in 100 grams of silverbeet.
Energy 19 kcal
Total lipid 0.20g
Total sugars 1.10g
Vitamin C 30mg
Vitamin B6 0.09
Vitamin A 306µg
Vitamin E 1.89mg
Vitamin K 830µg
Why do we use silverbeet?
As you can see (if you have made it down this far!), silverbeet is one of the unsung heroes of the leafy super greens world.
Silverbeet sure does tick a lot of boxes in regards to potential health benefits, its nutrient density and also its amazing antioxidant levels present in its leaves and in the stalk too.
It’s another vegetable that we couldn’t look past when we were investigating the best ingredients to add into our Super Cubes formulas for you.