Thursday, June 30, 2016

Do you keep these superfoods around?

The term Superfood means basically foods that are good for you. This means high in helpful nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and fiber as well as antioxidants, flavonoids, and phytochemicals. .

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.

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