Thursday, June 30, 2016
Do you keep these superfoods around?
That's a mouthful.
Here are some:
Blueberries. Packed with phytochemicals, antioxidants, flavonoids, and soluble fiber--plus potassium and vitamin C. Reduce inflammation and have disease-fighting aspects.
Leafy greens. Spinach, Swiss chard, and collard greens deliver more nutrients per calorie than any other food.
Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and cabbage contain cancer-fighting agents, plus a ton of vitamins.
Salmon. The wild kind caught in the Pacific or Alaska is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. This fish also contains protein and a range of vitamins.
Dried beans, peas and lentils. High energy foods that can curb appetite. Keep you full longer while offering a range of nutrients.
Nuts and seeds. Especially walnuts. High in calories, so a handful a day delivers the benefits.
Whole grains. Rice, oats, barley, spelt, rye, farro, wild rice and some forms of sprouted unrefined wheat. Quinoa is not technically a grain, but contains similar nutrients.
Avocado. Loaded with potassium, fiber, healthy fats, and other substances, including lutein for eye health.
Sauerkraut and kimchi (spicy) are probiotic--promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestines. They also break down carbs.
Chocolate. A one-ounce serving of dairy-free chocolate--70% cocoa--several times a week improves blood flow and can improve blood pressure.
One caution, though--Don't dine on just superfoods--that can be too much of a good thing.
Thanks for all this to Marsha Nunley, a board-certified doctor in internal medicine, geriatrics and palliative care and found ote H.E.A.L.