Thursday, August 12, 2010

Top 10 Foods You Need To Consume

  1. Tomatoes: A study done in 2003 revealed a strong link between tomato consumption and lower risk of heart disease in women.
  2. Spinach: Spinach contains compounds like neoxanthin and kaempferol that are kryptonite to cancer cells.
  3. Quinoa: Quinoahas a mineral content that blows barley, wheat, and other grains away. Plus, it's low in fat and calories.
  4. Nuts: Nuts are loaded with heart healthy fats, including oleic acid and omega-3s that work to raise good cholesterol.
  5. Lentils: High in fiber and protein, with zero cholesterol and nearly zero fat, lentils help manage blood sugar and lower cholesterol.
  6. Fish: Many studies have shown that the fats in fish lower blood pressure, quell inflammation, and prevent heart damage from triglycerides.
  7. Cabbage: Cabbage is plush with a unique set of nutrients (including sulforaphane) that fight off cancer causing toxins with elegant precision.
  8. Berries: Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries top the list when it come to free radical scavenging antioxidants.
  9. Beets: Among its potent pigments is betalain, which can protect the body from the oxidative stress that leads to aging and disease.
  10. Avocados: They contain zero cholesterol. In fact, they work to lower cholesterol with only 150 calories in a half avocado.
Source: Amazing Wellness, Spring 2010, pages 64-65

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