Imagine a superfood– all natural– strong enough to help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and put you in a happier mood and with no side effects. Well…These life-altering superfoods are available right now in your local supermarket. Right in your favorite isles you will see beans, blueberries, oats, oranges, pumpkins, salmon, soy products, spinach, tea (black or green), ripe red tomatoes, turkey, walnuts & yogurt to list a few.
But really folks these food items are right there and for the most part easy to cook or order from the menu. You don’t need specific foods for specific ailments. A well balanced diet combined with a variety of the superfoods will help you live longer, fight disease and maintain your weight. Who doesn’t want that?
Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, these berries are very high in potassium and vitamin C, making them the top choice for doctors and nutritionists all around. Not only are they anti-inflammatory but they can also lower your risk of heart disease and cancer.
It has been said that the omega 3s that you get in a fresh salmon steak, or any fish, can lower heart disease risk, help arthritis, and may possibly help with memory loss and Alzheimer’s, there is also strong evidence that it reduces depression as well.
Superfoods are all found in nature and, by definition they are very low in calories and nutrient rich meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight. They are also powerful sources of essential nutrients and anti-oxidants which are substances that our bodies need but cannot produce. So please feel free to add more salads and vegetables to your diet and visit your favorite vegetarian restaurant more than once a week. And the next time that you belly up to that hot plate of bean chili, with a side salad of plum tomatoes dashed with balsamic vinegar, a tall glass of fresh OJ and blue berry cobbler for dessert you will certainly and happily see it from a different prospective. Bon appetite!
Blueberries — Antioxidant Superfood
Packed with phytoflavinoids and antioxidants, these berries are also high in vitamin C and, potassium making them the top choice of nutritionists and doctors Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also anti-inflammatory.
Omega 3-Rich Fish
Omega-3s are most prevalent in fatty, cold-water fish: Look for wild (not farmed) salmon, herring, sardines, and mackerel. Aim for two-to-three servings a week. These superfoods have the added benefit of being high in monounsaturated fats, which can lower cholesterol.
Soy — Superfood to Lower Cholesterol
Make that next vanilla milk shake, a vanilla soy shake, A study reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association (2003) showed that a diet of soy fiber, protein from almonds and barley oats, and margarine from plant sterols lowered cholesterol as much as statins, look for soy milk, tofu, or edamame — not soy powder,or In other words, soy sauce won’t do the trick.
Tea — Superfood for Lowering Cholesterol and Inhibiting Cancer
The overall antioxidant power of black tea is the same as green tea, but green tea does have ECGC, a powerful antioxidant that is quite special. A recent Japanese study on green tea found that men who drank green tea regularly had lower cholesterol than those who didn’t. Researchers in Spain and the United Kingdom have also shown that ECGC can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. So the next time you reach for a cold soda pop think again and opt for ice tea.
And Finally, the Yummiest Superfood Yet … Dark Chocolate
Yes that’s right. New research has shown that dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and can lower blood pressure. Look for chocolate with 60% or higher cocoa content; the darker, the better. In addition, the darker it is, the lower the fat and sugar content. Dark chocolate Smoothie anyone?