GOVERNOR HALEY SIGNS BILL NAMING COLLARDS
GREENS OFFICIAL STATE VEGETABLE
On June 2nd, Mary Grace Wingard was joined by South Carolina Governor Nikki
Haley, at Rocky Creek Elementary School for the signing of the bill to make
Collards the State vegetable. We are so proud of her and her journey!
Leafy greens like collards, kale, turnip and mustard greens are
powerhouses of nutrition. Low in calories, but loaded with nutrients
they deliver a host of vitamins and minerals including; iron,
calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, C, E and B. And the list
goes on as they step to the plate with a strong showing of
phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. The
bottom line is they help protect our bodies from chronic disease.
So what do all these health heros do?
The big category of phytonutrients are naturally occurring chemicals
in plants. Unlike vitamins, they aren’t essential to our everyday
life, but they do have valuable health effects which may help with
anti-aging, metabolism, protect against certain cancers, heart
disease and age related macular degeneration.
Vitamin K – is the star of the show with
most leafy greens providing nearly 9 times the recommended daily
allowance. Vitamin K has been found to regulate blood clotting and
strengthen bones. In addition it may prevent the risk of
osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and diabetes.
Vitamin C – is a common vitamin known best for its healing powers as
an immunity booster and its ability to help build new tissue that
aids in the recovery of cuts and scrapes.
Vitamin E is considered a free radical that has the ability to
improve cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol, protect against
cancer and improve immune functions decrease the speed of onset
dementia and help our skin look healthier.
Vitamin B – There are actually several B vitamins and they are often
referred to as the Vitamin B complex. Overall they support improved
metabolism and healthy skin but they also have properties than
enhance immune function, promote cell growth and reduce the
potential risks of some cancers.
Calcium is considered a building block because it supports the
growth of healthy bones and teeth and leafy greens are a good source
of calcium. Calcium also works hand in hand with magnesium which is
used to help absorb calcium.
Potassium is a great regulator. Its purpose is to help our body
regulate fluids which ultimately affects blood pressure and
neuromuscular control. It’s been found that diets high in fruits and
vegetables contribute to lower overall blood pressure.
More than 85 years
ago Ernestine Price Rawl and her husband, Walter Phillip Rawl, began a
local business called Walter P. Rawl Farm.