Sunday, 13 April 2014

Superfoods!

Fish:
- rich in protein and vitamin D
- omega-3 fatty acids (lower the risk of heart disease and help with arthritis)

Blueberries:
- high in antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C
- lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, and act as an anti-inflammatory
*the darker the berry the more anti-oxidants

Bananas:
- high in potassium which helps to maintain a normal blood pressure
- potassium also prevents weakening of bones by neutralizing sodium, allowing healthy amounts of calcium to remain in the body

Quinoa:
- more protein than most grains (complete protein, all 8 amino acids for tissue development)
- high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc

Avocados:
- lower bad cholesterol (LDL), raise good cholesterol (HDL)
- help the body absorb lycopene and beta-carotene (heart-healthy vitamins)

Rhubarb:
- high in the phytochemical lindleyin, relieves hot flashes in menopausal women
- rich in potassium, vitamin C, and fibre

Broccoli:
- very high in calcium, vitamin A, and fibre
- contains anti-cancer agents (which have shown improvement in cases of breast, prostate, lung, colon, liver, and kidney cancer)

Garlic:
- blood thinner to prevent heart disease
- improves joint health, and the absorption of iron and zinc

Enjoy!
R