Some healthy foods are often overlooked because we lack knowledge of the power they carry. Here is a list of the foods that we, need to add to our grocery list when shopping, and why they are important.
There is a high concentration of lycopene that is found in guava, an antioxidant that inhibits prostate cancer. There is no other plant food with a greater lycopene concentration than guava, including watermelon and tomato. A cup of guava contains high amounts of potassium; a medium banana even has less. Guava is also high in fibre.
Purslane contains the highest amount of omega-3 fat (shown to be healthy for the heart) compared to other plants that are edible, according to research. Scientific research has shown that purslane contains 10 to 20 times higher concentration of melatonin than any other vegetable or fruit tested.
- Pumpkin seeds
A pumpkin seed contains a lot of magnesium, French researchers have discovered that the male subjects that have the highest level of magnesium contained in their blood have almost a 40 percent lower risk of dying early than those with the lowest levels of magnesium.
- Goji berries
For over 1,700 years, goji berries have been medically used in Tibet. Goji berries possess a high antioxidant capacity. Research has proven that goji berries reduce the insulin resistance in rats. Insulin resistance is a risk factor for diabetes.
This is a natural source of betaine and folate which is a vibrant vegetable, as well as its red colours that are useful in fighting cancer. The colours also work together to reduce blood levels of homocysteine. Try eating beets raw if you can, add it to a salad after it has been ground. Do not eat beets from a jar; the nutritional level is significantly lower.
This vegetable is full of sulforaphane, which is known for improving your cancer inhibiting enzymes. Sulforaphane promotes enzyme production that destroys cell-damaging free radicals and decreases your risk of cancer. Recent research has shown that sulforaphane boosts levels of enzymes that fight cancer to a greater level than any other phytochemical.
Kale is a vegetable which is one of the world’s top source of vitamin A, it promotes skin and eye health and also helps in strengthening the immune system. Kate is a cancer-fighting antioxidant. Also, a good source of healthy fibre for the heart and one cup full has almost the same amount of vitamin C as that of an orange.
Sardines is one of the best sources of good health for the heart, mood-boosting omega-3 fats, and they are filled with vitamin D. Because sardines are little and low on the food chain, they do not take a lot of toxins as bigger fish can.
This beautiful fruit is full of antioxidants, natural chemicals located in plants that mop up harmless radicals, which destroy tissues and may contribute to a variety of chronic conditions, such as disease of the heart, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Have you no time to prepare fruit? You can get the same benefits from taking a glass of pomegranate juice, don’t let an opportunity to enjoy this fruit pass you by, however, the tart jelly-like taste is exclusive and excellent. One cup full of juice contains 150 calories, and ½ cup of pomegranate seeds possess 72 calories and 4 grams of fibre.
Oatmeal contains 4 grams of fibre per cup and research suggests the increase in the intake of dispersible fibre (the type found in oatmeal) by 5 to 10 grams every day which could bring about a 5 percent reduction in “bad” LDL cholesterol. Also, according to a journal of Nutrition’s study, eating a breakfast processed with “slow-release” carbohydrates, like oatmeal, hours before exercising can help in burning more fat. This is why: A study shows, eating “slow-release” carbohydrates did not spike sugar in the blood as high as eating processed carbohydrates, like white toast. In turn, the insulin levels did not spike as high, and because insulin plays a role in notifying your body to store fat, having lower levels may help you in burning fat.
There you have it, next time you go grocery shopping, and you stop by at the produce section, remember these foods suggested, your body will be glad.