Friday, March 29, 2019

10 "Superfoods" to Eat Daily for Optimal Health - Part 8

Olive Oil for Heart Health

Olive oil is considered a healthy dietary fat was shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. The primary fat found in olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). MUFAs have been shown to lower total cholesterol and help stabilize blood clotting.
Olive oil has been linked to lowered insulin levels, blood sugar control. Research has shown a great benefit to those suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Olive oil is also bursting with antioxidants called phenols linked to prevention of cholesterol buildup in the artery walls. Look for “virgin,” “extra-virgin,” or “cold-pressed” olive oils for best nutritional values.
The recommended dose is one tablespoon daily to reap heart-healthy benefits. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

10 "Superfoods" to Eat Daily for Optimal Health - Part 7

Broccoli is the Antioxidant King

Broccoli, a cruciferous carbohydrate is one of the most powerful antioxidants in our dietary toolbox. Broccoli protects our body against cancer and ranks at the top of the superfood list.
Broccoli offers high nutritional value with low caloric cost. It is the most nutrient-dense of the vegetable superfoods. Research has labeled broccoli the king of cancer prevention. Research has shown sulfur compounds in broccoli signal our genes to boost production of detoxifying enzymes. These enzymes potentially attack cancer-causing compounds.
In addition, broccoli also boosts the immune system, supports cardiovascular health, builds bones, and fights birth defects.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

10 "Superfoods" to Eat Daily for Optimal Health - Part 6

Yogurt Improves Gut Bacteria

Yogurt is known for its probiotic or live beneficial bacteria. Yogurt is shown to reduce the growth of harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. It also helps maintain stable ph levels in the body. 
Eating yogurt is indicated to boost our immune system and provide protection against diseases like cancer. Probiotics can help with vaginal yeast infections, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, and urinary tract infections.
Yogurt is also a great source of bone-building calcium and protein. Not all yogurts are created equal. Look for labeling “live and active cultures” to ensure it contains probiotics. It is also recommended to consume plain over 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

10 "Superfoods" to Eat Daily for Optimal Health - Part 5

Ground Flaxseeds Reduce Inflammation

Flaxseeds are not only a good source of fiber but also loaded with alpha-linolenic acid. Alpha-linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid shown to reduce inflammation in the body. Flaxseeds also contain lignans, a type of plant compound known as polyphenols. These precursors contribute to reduced rates of certain hormone-related cancers. 
Other anti-inflammatory properties of flax seeds have been helpful for acne and asthma conditions. Ground flax is an excellent source of fiber and helps to alleviate digestive problems. Flaxseed is nutrient-dense and a rich source of healthy fat.
Flax is a remarkable superfood full of minerals, incredible fatty acids, and usable protein.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

10 "Superfoods" to Eat Daily for Optimal Health - Part 4

Green Tea Increases Metabolism

Green tea contains a powerhouse of antioxidants. Its antioxidant values are shown to be higher than those measured in fruits and vegetables.
Green tea contains high doses of catechin, an antioxidant shown to help prevent cell damage in the body. Catechin is indicated to reduce inflammation in the body, which is said to contribute to disease and illness. This powerful antioxidant is shown to reduce high blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease.
Green tea has also been proven to help block the formation of plaques linked to Alzheimer's disease. Other health benefits include increased metabolism for weight loss.
Enjoying high tea just became sweeter—just remember to keep it green. 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

10 "Superfoods" to Eat Daily for Optimal Health - Part 3

Research might actually confirm that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are loaded with antioxidants quercetin and catechin, which protect our cells and help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Note: You can get more fiber and nutrients by eating the skin.
The apple and skin are higher in fiber than a lot of other fruits, which can help with weight loss by improving satiety. Apples taste fabulous, are filling, and provide energy in addition to the overwhelming antioxidant health benefits.