Integrative Nutrition Blog

Love Organic Kale? It May Have A Dark Side

July 13, 2015

Image via Shutterstock

Here at IIN we absolutely love kale – in smoothies, juices, salads, and cooked. It’s been touted as the gold standard when it comes to green vegetables, full of vitamins, minerals, and countless cancer-fighting, health-supportive benefits. 

We’re always on the cutting edge of nutrition, and we acknowledge that it’s a fledgling science. So when we came across this article on the possible toxicity of kale, we were shocked, and we knew we had to share this with you ASAP. 

The latest studies show that kale and other cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and collard greens contain heavy metals, causing chronic fatigue, heart issues, and neurological disorders.

Raw cruciferous vegetables are especially detrimental for thyroid health, since they contain goitrogens, which are naturally-occurring substances that suppress thyroid function by blocking iodine absorption. By cooking these vegetables you can remove the goitrogens.

A molecular biologist was working with very health-conscious people in a high-vibe area of California, and they were all vegan and detoxing. They began to complain about chronic fatigue, hair and skin issues, and other health challenges. 

The doctor supervising them finally realized that the kale they were eating appeared to have high levels of heavy metals, creating toxicity in the body and leading to health issues. 

How crazy is that? 

Do you love kale? Are you concerned about these new findings on it, especially organic kale? What other vegetables do you love?Share in the comments below. 

Spread the word and be heard. This is important news. Use the social media tools to share this story with your family and friends!

Thanks for all your feedback regarding this fascinating topic! A previous version of this article mentioned that the metals in kale could contribute to Lyme disease symptoms. We have updated the content to more accurately reflect the sentiments of the study. 

Kaleyea Curriculum Guide Blog

Get The Document

GET OUR CURRICULUM GUIDE

Please select your country code by the flag dropdown.

By clicking 'Get The Guide', I consent to Integrative Nutrition and its affiliates contacting me by email at the address provided and/or by telephone at the number provided (by live, automated, or prerecorded phone calls or text messages) about its courses. I understand that my consent is not required for enrollment and may be withdrawn.