SuperFoods for your Health and Vigor!
Imagine a food -- not a procedure or drug -- powerful enough to help you lower your cholesterol or reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. What if other foods could put you in a better mood; help you concentrate; or deal with emotional issues more easily. Now, take away the risk of side effects; add to the benefits low-cost and ready availability and you come up with our definition of health-changing SUPER-FOODS.
"The profound effects of diet on the body; the soul and the psyche of man, is nothing short of astounding," says nutritionist Michael Bloomer.
Nutritionists know that even healthy people can add a few better foods to their diet and take away a few less healthy items for shocking results. Some authorities believe that 50% to 70% of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension and most every other ailments could be eliminated or significantly reduced with proper diet. WOW!
As a general rule, you don't need to eat a specific food for particular ailment. Enjoying a broad spectrum and variety of the listed SUPER FOODS will help you maintain your weight, increase stamina and strength, fight-off disease, and live longer.
Top Super Foods Offering Super Health Protection:
* Tea (green or black)
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Blueberries: Sweet, Succulent and Anti-oxidant.
Yummee - Yummee and packed with antioxidants and phyto-flavinoids, these stunningly handsome berries are additionally high in potassium and vitamin C. They not only have the ability to lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also anti-inflammatory and can reduce inflammation in the stomach, intestines, colon, etc.
"Inflammation is a key driver of all chronic diseases, so blueberries have a host of benefits," says Ann Kulze, MD, of Charleston, S.C., author of Dr. Ann's 10-Step Diet, A Simple Plan for Permanent Weight Loss & Lifelong Vitality. When selecting berries, note that the darker they are, the more anti-oxidants they have. "I tell everyone to have a serving (about 1/2 cup) every day," Dr. Kulze says. "Frozen are just as good as fresh." Be sure to include lots of other fruits and vegetables in your diet as well. Remember too that, in general, the more color they have, the more antioxidants.
Omega 3's obtained in fish lower heart disease risk, help arthritis, and may help with memory loss and Alzheimer's disease. There is also some evidence to show that it may reduce mood related diseases, depression and other brain chemistry related diseases as well."
Omega-3s are most prevalent in fatty, cold-water fish. When purchasing, try to find wild (not fish-farmed) salmon, herring, sardines, and mackerel. Aim for two-to-three servings a week. Other forms of omega 3s are available in free-range eggs, flax seed, and walnuts -- though many other nuts and fruits are laced with them. These superfoods have the added benefit of being high in monounsaturated fats, which can lower cholesterol. Soy -- Superfood to Lower Cholesterol, but Ladies Beware.
A study reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association (2003) showed that a diet of soy fiber, oat protein and barley fiber, almonds, and margarine from plant sterols lowered cholesterol as much as statins, the most widely prescribed cholesterol medicine. If you have a family history of breast cancer, some authorities suggest that you avoid soy products as certain enzymes in the soy mimic female hormones. Fiber -- A Scrubber that Aids Weight Loss and Checks Cholesterol
A diet high in fiber will help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels and cholesterol more balanced in HDL and LDL's. Whole grains, beans, fruit, and almost all vegetables are great sources of natural fiber. Add beans to your salad; some carrot slivers on your sandwich for a fiber boost. Choose you source: Fresh, frozen, or dried are the best. Canned is better than nothing -- but they tend to be higher in sodium,". Tea(s) -- For Energy, Balanced Cholesterol and Frustrating Cancer
Green, Black or White teas are all powerful in their anti-oxident properties. However, green and white teas (the same plant as balck tea -- but cured differently)do have ECGC, a powerful antioxidant that packs and extra wallop of health benefits. A 2006 study on green tea found that men who drank green tea regularly (at least daily) had lower cholesterol, lower heart disease, and lower tumor markers than those who didn't. Researchers in Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom have also shown that ECGC can inhibit or retard the growth of many types of cancer cells. For a real health home-run, replace sodas, sugar type or diet with your choice of tea. Calcium
Everybody knows that milk is a good source of calcium. But some folks are lactose intolerant and can't drink milk because it upsets their stomaches. For them, the course to strong bones, pearly white teeth and a calmer demeaner may be through taking shell calcium supplements. Besides making you sturdy and helping you be calmer, more tranquil under fire -- several studies have shown that calcium can be a direct aid with weight loss. Here are the calcium levels recommended for adults by the USDA:
* Age 9 to 18 -- 1,300 mg
* Age 19 to 50 -- 1,000 mg
* Age 51 and over -- 1,200 mg Dark Chocolate: The Best, for the Last.
Long-term studies have confirmed that which our lips new all along: that chocolate is good for you. Way to go Lips!!
Scienfic study has shown that dark chocolate (the darker, the better) is packed with antioxidants, that can lower blood pressure, balance moods, improve energy and help you beat the blues. Authorities recommend chocolate with 60% or higher cocoa (pronounced kah-cooh-ah)content. As we said before the darker, the better. So what's holding you back? It's truly a SUPERFOOD -- but eat it in moderation to feel your very best.