Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Top 10 Healthiest Foods




The 10 super foods outlined below by EatCleanDirect have chosen foods that are packed numerous health benefits for the human body.  Adding these foods to your diet plan not only helps boost your energy but also improves your body immunity significantly. These are:

1. Lemons
According to research, just one lemon provides your body with more than the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C. Vitamin C plays a vital role in strengthening bones and improving HDL cholesterol levels in the body. Having just one lemon daily, therefore, provides you with 100% daily vitamin C intake as recommended by health specialists. Additionally, lemons are rich in flavonoids that contain anti-inflammatory properties and also prevent the development of cancerous cells. Adding a slice of lemon to your tea or juice, therefore, helps the body fight off free radicals.

2. Broccoli
Broccoli is a major source of some of the most potent nutrients needed for bone health. One stalk of broccoli provides the body with more than 100% of the recommended daily requirement of Vitamin K, and approximately 200% of the daily recommended dose of Vitamin C. These nutrients are essentially needed for bone-building and to starve cancerous cells.

Instead of boiling or steaming, consider microwaving broccoli to preserve most of these nutrients for a mightier punch.

3. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is made from cocoa powder, an ingredient rich in powerful antioxidants known as flavonoids.  These antioxidants work by expunging free radicals, toxins, and bad cholesterol (LDL) from the body. This increases blood HDL levels thus a healthy heart.

Quick Tip:
Always go for the dark chocolate bar instead of milk chocolate for it contains more flavonoids per milligram.

4. Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are among the best sources of potent cell-building folate, and vitamin A. Studies on the same reveal that one red potato contains the same amount of folate as a cup full of broccoli or spinach. Having just one sweet potato for breakfast, therefore, provides your body with enough vitamin A and folate needed for the day. This is considerably much healthier than taking folate and/or Vitamin A supplements. This means a stronger immune system and less risk of developing cancerous cells.

Quick Tip:
Potatoes contain fat-resistant starch. Consider having your potato warm or cold as it helps kick start increased body metabolism thus facilitating weight loss.

5. Salmon
Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids and high-quality proteins. Omega fats are mainly needed for improved heart health, to fight cancerous cells, and also reduces the risk of depression. A 6-ounce serving of salmon provides your body with 100% the daily recommended dose of niacin. Niacin helps mitigate the risk of developing acute memory loss or Alzheimer's disease. Wild salmon is considerably more nutritious as compared to farm-raised ones.

6. Walnuts
Just like salmon, walnuts pack potent amounts of omega-fatty acids. As mentioned earlier, omega fatty acids help reduce bad cholesterol and also protect the skin against sun damage. With the body unable to produce omega acids on its own, walnuts help supply the body with these important and essential fats. You also get plenty of melatonin from having walnuts, hence a secret to better sleep.  You should therefore consider having walnuts for desert.

7. Avocados
Everyone loves an avocado. Avocados pack some of the best quality nutrients out there. The rich, satisfying fats help lower LDL levels while dietary fiber and folate contained in its flesh improve heart health significantly. Adding slices of avocado to your salads increases beta-carotene absorption rate by up to 6 percent.

8. Garlic
Garlic contains some of the most powerful natural disease fighting properties in the food chain. Garlic contains compounds that help fight and inhibit bacterial infections and even fights off E. coli. Another added benefit of eating garlic is that it provides the body with allicin, an anti-inflammatory compound that helps lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol naturally. To enjoy much of these benefits, consider crushing garlic and cooking it in low-heat for less than 10 minutes to preserve nutrients in it.


9. Spinach
Spinach contains two of the most important antioxidants needed for eye health, zeaxanthin and lutein. It is also rich in cancer-fighting properties that help keep your body in check. Spinach is virtually flavorless, meaning you can add it to your smoothie and never compromise on taste.

10. Beans
Legumes (peas, lentils, and beans) contain powerful nutrients that help protect your heart from various conditions. Having a serving of these at least 3 times in a week is therefore beneficial for your body. Beans particularly come in handy in reducing/preventing the risk of breast cancer in women.

Quick Tip:

Dark beans contain more legumes than light skinned ones.  Research shows that black beans contain 40 times more antioxidants as compared to white beans.

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