Superfoods... My favorite five!
"Let food be thy medicine." -Socrates
What is a Superfood? Superfoods are rich in things like antioxidants which are said to ward off cancer, fiber, healthy fats that are said to help prevent heart disease, and fiber which is good for the digestive system.They seem to be getting all the rage... probably because they are so good for our health and immune system.


Popular Superfoods

Legumes
The American consumption of bean has grown over the last few decades and this is a plus considering all their healing power. Some popular choices are garbanzo, pinto, kidney, navy, black, lentils, peas. Legumes are low in fat and calories, high in in protein, rich in complex carbs, fiber, and loaded with vitamins and minerals including folic acid, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and iron. "A study conducted by the US Department of Agriculture found that beans-especially black, pinto, and kidney-topped the list of vegetables that are rich in disease-fighting antioxidants. Specifically, several studies have shown that regular consumption of beans significantly reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease. New studies are now suggesting that beans also have potent anticancer properties." -The Practical Guide to Home Remedies
It is recommended to eat one-half cup four times a week.
Avocado
I think I could eat avocado every day, every meal! This buttery green fruit that can be spread on bread or tossed in a salad is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. High in fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats, oleic acid, which lower cholesterol. In fact one study shows that seven days of eating meals that included avocados lowered LDL (the bad cholesterol) with an increase in HDL (the good cholesterol). The avocado comes in as one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet.
Blueberries
Pssst..... Did you know that blueberries are said to be anti-aging!!! They contain an antioxidants, anthocyanin, which help protect cell damage. It is what gives them their color and help support the body's connective tissue. They are a great source of vitamin c and e as well as fiber. This little powerhouse fruit can help fight off cancer, lower cholesterol, improve eye health, and more.
Oatmeal
One of the most nutritious complex carbs out there. Loaded with many vital minerals like magnesium, zinc, and copper. It contains protein and is a great source of fiber. Another superfood good for lowering cholesterol. One cup of oatmeal three times a week is recommended.
Walnuts
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce inflammation in the body. They also contain many vital minerals. Walnuts are a source of the sleep hormone melatonin. Several studies have been done to find out the benefits of walnuts and have shown they are good for improving circulation, reduce the risk of coronary artery disease and reduce cholesterol. 

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Dana Ashley
Living My Best DAsh

I am not a doctor. I am simply sharing information based on research I have done. You can also use the great internet, magazines, and books to do your own research.

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