Friday, May 16, 2014

Recommended power Foods - Part 4 - Other Vegetables

Recommended Powers Foods - Part 4 - Other Vegetables
(Information from The Power of Food - Bonnie Raffel R.D., Author)

Other Vegetables - Pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots, and winter squash, have the deep orange-yellow hues.  Add the leafy greens to help maintain healthy skin and hair, protect against prostate cancer, and strengthen healthy vision.  The redness in tomatoes and watermelon (fruit) contains the chemical lycopene, which is believed to fight cancer and promote heart health.  The green vegetables such as; kale, broccoli, cabbage, turnip greens, and spinach are just a few foods high in anticancer compounds.  The Asian mushroom (shittake, maitake) also contain active ingredients that help your body fight off infection.  Other vegetables that fight inflammation in the body include; bok Choy, cauliflower, watercress, chard, collards, mustard greens, and spinach.  Vegetables also provide phytonutrient antioxidants that strengthen the immune system.  The top 1 foods include; cooked artichokes, cooked red cabbage, frozen spinach, red and white cooked potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, russet cooked potatoes, cooked red peppers, cooked broccoli and steamed carrots.  Strengthen your immune system by adding 4 or more servings a day of a variety of vegetables for antioxidant protection.

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