What better way to get healthy then to start eating healthy foods that studies have shown can help you prevent cancer, improve your heart health, live longer and even burn fat and get slim.
BROCCOLI The "King" of health vegetables. Loaded with vitamins such as B-6,A, folic acid, and K also full of minerals like potassium and calcium. Broccoli also has unique cancer-fighting properties, activated by phytochemicals indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane.
FLAXSEEDS Combine the warm nutty flavor of flaxseeds with a generous amount of omega-3 fatty acids and you have a health food superstar. Sprinkle them on cereal in the morning and enjoy the healthy benefits they provide as shown in many studies including:
* Lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) levels. * May also help lower blood triglyceride and blood pressure. * Keep platelets from becoming sticky therefore reducing the risk of a heart attack. * Lignan metabolites can bind to estrogen receptors, this may help the onset of estrogen-stimulated breast cancer.
GREEN TEA Many studies support the benefits of adding green tea to your diet. Some studies show it has cancer risk reducing properties, and a potential in also decreasing incidence of stroke and heart disease. Make it habit to switch from regular black tea to green tea.
WALNUTS Walnuts are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts are the first food that the FDA allowed to make this claim "Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 oz of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease."
SALMON Salmon is another healthy food superstar because it is low in calories, saturated fat, and is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Research studies have shown anti-inflammatory and cancer prevention properties and a key role in diabetes and Alzheimer's prevention plus cardiovascular benefits. Make sure to Only purchase wild caught salmon and not farm raised.
BLUEBERRIES If you are looking for an antioxidant punch look no further then the blueberry. This fruit has the highest level of antioxidants among fruits. Studies have shown that blueberries can help in lowering cholesterol, reducing diabetes risk, and even slowing down the aging process. Combine that with improving motor skills and urinary and vision health and you have another top 10 pick for 2012
SPICES Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce cancer risk and slow the progression of Alzheimer's. Studies have shown that cinnamon can help lower cholesterol and also stabilize blood sugar. Ginger looks promising for cancer prevention and is anti-inflammatory.
POMEGRANATE Research on pomegranate has shown amazing health benefits including reducing heart disease risk, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, and reducing the risk of certain types of cancer.
DARK CHOCOLATE Believe it or not dark chocolate actually makes our top 10 list because of recent studies which show benefits to our cardiovascular system as well as cancer-protective properties and mood-enhancing benefits. Just remember to consume in moderation.
HONEY Honey has many healing properties and research has shown that honey has a role in digestive health as well anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects. Remember to use raw honey. Raw honey is the concentrated nectar of flowers that comes straight from the extractor; it is the only unheated, pure, unpasteurized, unprocessed honey. An alkaline-forming food, this type of honey contains ingredients similar to those found in fruits, which become alkaline in the digestive system. It doesn't ferment in the stomach and it can be used to counteract acid indigestion. When mixed with ginger and lemon juices, it also relieves nausea and supplies energy. Raw honey is the healthiest choice amongst the various forms of honey as it has the most nutritional value and contains amylase, an enzyme concentrated in flower pollen which helps predigest starchy foods like breads.