Eating vegetables of all kinds is important. From the hearty orange carrots to the bright red tomatoes, every vegetable has different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. So what about green vegetables? What's so beneficial about them?
Green vegetables contain a source of chemicals that make sure the immune system of a person is functioning properly. The chemicals enter the body and ensure that immune cells in the gut and skin known as intra-epithelial lymphocytes (IELs) are protecting the body as needed. These IELs are located right beneath the skin, and act as the first line of defense for any foreign substances which attack the body after a wound or injury.
Had the IELs not existed, the human body would become increasingly susceptible to infections and other sources of bodily harm. And for the IELs to perform their duties, the chemicals from green vegetables have to be consumed on a regular basis. So remember: when your mom tells you to eat your veggies, make sure you eat them (especially the green ones)!
Cell Press. "Eating green veggies improves immune defenses." ScienceDaily, 13 Oct. 2011. Web. 6 Mar. 2012.
Link: Science Daily