ANR Health: Super Foods

Super Foods

Do Super Foods Make a Better You?
A better you, a better life can be attained through many means; "Super Foods" offers one of those options. They have been proven to prevent and, in a few cases, reverse the effects of aging. The ten most commonly recommended super foods are salmon and fish, nuts, beans, citrus fruit, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, berries, oatmeal, tomatoes, and low-fat dairy.

Fish has been proven to lower the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times (two servings) a week. Each serving is 3.5 ounces cooked, or about 3/4 cup of flaked fish. Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Benefits also include lowered cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. Eating any fish offers health benefits. If fish lacks appeal, the best alternative is taking an Omega-3 supplement.

Nuts are a significant super food. All sorts of unsalted nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, peanuts and hazelnuts have proven to prevent heart disease and cancer. They, also, contain monounsaturated fat which helps lower cholesterol. Nuts help lower triglycerides and blood pressure. Rich in antioxidants, they help eliminate cell-damaging free radicals. Watching your intake of nuts is important as they are high in calories and fat. Nuts do, however, give that feeling of fullness, which can reduce the "munchies". Two ounces a day (10 whole almonds) will give the necessary health benefits. A great alternative is almond butter instead of peanut butter. The most effective supplement to create similar results is Resveratrol.

Beans, as a super food, offer protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates. Eating two servings of beans a day can help reduce cholesterol by as much as 27%. They also help build HDL levels. They are high in folic acid, copper, zinc, magnesium and potassium. Beans contain antioxidants which have cancer fighting properties. They, also, supply long lasting energy. Supplements that help create some of the same results are our MultiVitamin and Omega 3.

Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and tangerines give us soluble fiber and provide us with vitamin C.According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI)this vitamin helps boost our immune system and may protect us against various forms of breast, lung or stomach cancer. These super foods may help prevent harmful blood clots and avoid blindness. If the acidic affects of these fruits do not agree with you, our MultiVitamin supplement will meet the minimum daily requirement for vitamin C.

Dark green leafy vegetables should not be what you leave on your plate. Arugula, broccoli, spinach, collards, kale, and Romaine lettuce contain an extensive list of vitamins, C, A, K, E along with calcium and beta carotene. If they are consumed with a dietary fat, such as olive oil, the nutrients are more easily absorbed. These vegetables help fight cancer, boost our immune system and may even protect our eyes. Supplements that may help achieve the same results are our Calcium/Magnesium or MultiVitamin.

Sweet potatoes contain more nutrients than almost any other vegetable. Being rich in vitamin A, B6, & C, manganese, fiber and potassium makes this an essential food in our diets. The disease fighting beta carotene and other antioxidants help minimize the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Studies have also shown that they help prevent blood clots and avoid strokes. According to nutritionists at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the single most important dietary change for most people, including children, would be to replace fatty foods with foods rich in complex carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes. Eating sweet potatoes, also, lowers a diabetic's glycemic index. Another possible way to lower one's glycemic indexis to add a cinnamon supplement to your diet. Additionally,MultiVitamin offers many of the nutrients found in sweet potatoes.

Berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries, offer an excellent source for antioxidants, which protect against diseases. They also help reduce blood pressure. Berries are a hedge against chronic degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. They are high in vitamins A&C along with folic acid. Additionally berries, known as the secret of youth, have been shown to strengthen the walls of blood vessels while reducing blood pressure and helping fight cancer. By eating berries there can be a boost in energy. Try our supplement of Resveratrol to help achieve the same results.

Oatmeal, when accompanied by a low fat diet, can reduce the risk of heart disease according to the FDA.The high fiber content in oatmeal is what helps reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.In women it has also been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer.Oatmeal contains high levels of seven B vitamins as well as vitamin A, protein and calcium.A supplement that can help as well is our Calcium/Magnesium product.

Tomatoes possess the very effective form of carotene and carotenoid pigment called lycopene.This highly regarded substance is believed to be key in helping preventing blood clots causing heart disease and prostate cancer. Strangely, canned or cooked tomatoes have the most powerful doses of lycopene.Tomatoes cooked in olive oil are more easily absorbed in the human body.They are also high in vitamins A, C, and E, while being high in fiber,calcium, potassium,manganese.They may also help deter muscular degeneration, dementia, and sun dried skin.

Low-fat dairy which includes milk, cheeses, yogurt, are high in calcium, protein, riboflavin, phosphorus, vitamin B12.Many dairy products are fortified with vitamins A and D.Dairy products help reduce the risks of osteoporosis and colorectal cancer.The vitamin D is being touted as a vitamin that promotes good health.Three daily servings of dairy can help achieve and maintain that good health.Supplements that may help achieve a better life are Calcium/Magnesium and the MultiVitamin .

Through fresh foods or supplements, be sure to have these super foods everyday to be a better you and have a better life.

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