You are what you eat, according to an old saying. And not all foods were created equal, this is a fact proven by science.
There is a category called superfoods – which are power foods that are nutritionally dense and have amazing health benefits such as reducing inflammation associated with the development of many chronic conditions (play a role in protection against cancer, heart conditions, digestive issues, diabetes and more). They have claimed their superfoods status mainly because there is a direct correlation between their consumption and a decreased risk of certain lifestyle conditions. Besides, they are powerhouses of nutrients that promote a good health and well being. Including them in your daily menu can help you win the day.
Berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries) are at the top of the category due to their antioxidant properties that guard off a variety of conditions. They are rich in vitamins, flavonoids, fiber.
Turmeric (curcumin) is a spice originated from Asia and the main ingredient in curry. Curcumin is the main ingredient in turmeric, which has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Avocado is a highly nutritious fruit, rich in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthy fats, which may help reduce inflammation and lower the risk of some chronic diseases.
Green tea is widely used in the Chinese medicine as it is rich in antioxidants that protects the cells from the oxidative damage associated with the development of many modern diseases. It is also used in weight loss diets.
Broccoli belongs to the cabbage family. It is packed with vitamins (A, C and K), fiber, calcium and other minerals. Broccoli has a reputation as one of the healthiest veggies, having been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. There are studies that have suggested positive correlations between the consumption of broccoli and a decreased risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Garlic is a good source of fiber, selenium, vitamin C and B6. It has been used in the traditional medicine for centuries. It is known to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, supporting the immune function, potentially reducing the risk of some cancers and heart diseases. It is considered a natural antibiotic, being recognized for being effective against certain bacteria.
Ginger contains antioxidants, such as gingerol, used to manage nausea and inflammatory conditions. It plays a potential preventive role in some acute and chronic conditions. Considered a natural antibiotic, several studies have suggested the ability of ginger to fight bacteria. It is used as a condiment to many foods and ginger tea is also popular.
Mushrooms – some types of Chinese mushrooms (Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi) are used alone or in blends to support the immune function, playing a role in reducing inflammation and potentially preventing some types of cancers.
Do superfoods offer protection against many of the modern lifestyle conditions? There is an increasing number of studies that suggest this correlation. Are they the shortcuts to a better health? Yes, when faced with the hectic modern life choices, simplicity is key and these powerful foods can help you save time while keeping you in optimal health. Try to include at least one or two of them in your daily meals to start seeing a difference.
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