10 Foods That Help Fight Disease
- Artichokes: chlorogenic acid is beneficial to the digestive system.
- Prebiotic-Filled Foods: brussel sprouts, garlic, shallots, onions and Jerusalem artichokes (prebiotics serve as nourishment to the beneficial bacteria of the intestines).
- Selenium-Filled Foods: brazil nuts, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, oysters, shrimp, cooked tuna and lean pork (selenium helps the body battle germs and bad bacteria).
- Zinc-Filled Foods: crab, lamb, toasted wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, spinach, and cashews (zinc influences T-and B-cell immunity).
- Green Tea: polyphenols fend off free radicals that wreak havoc on your system.
- Coffee: contains significant levels of antioxidants which are anti-aging and promote the body’s ability to also regenerate and heal itself.
- More Antioxidants: fresh fruit and vegetables, cocoa beans, cinnamon and olive oil
- Foods that Affect Migraines: diary products, eggs, chocolate, citrus fruits, corn, tomatoes, and certain meats act as triggers for migraine sufferers and should be avoided.
- Turmeric: proven cancer preventative, turmeric is a natural painkiller, anti-inflammatory and antidepressant. Aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s by removing plaque in the brain.
- Foods to Avoid: artificial sweeteners containing aspartame, margarine, non-organic soy and soy products, high fructose corn syrup.
7 Anti-Aging Foods
- Salmon and Tuna: the omega-3 fatty acids in cold-water fish may help deflate inflamed pimples, calm red skin, battle skin damaging free radicals and smooth fine lines. In addition salmon and other seafood are good protein sources, protein provides a building block of collagen - a skin compound that is critical to how healthy your skin looks.
- Nuts: almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, (people who eat nuts at least five days a week live longer than people who eat them infrequently).
- Chickpeas: like other beans are rich in fiber, including the soluble kind that may help reduce belly fat. Substituting beans for meat on a regular basis slashes your intake of saturated fat, which can accelerate signs of aging. Beans also contain the disease fighting compounds saponins which may inhibit cancer-cell reproduction.
- Berries: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries (rich in vitamin C, a British study revealed that those with higher intakes of vitamin C had fewer wrinkles and less dry skin).
- Tea: may lower your risk of heart attack and stroke, strengthen your immune system, fight cancer, protect tooth enamel, and help fight memory loss associated with aging. Black, green, white and oolong tea can all deter aging.
- Dark Chocolate: helps keep arteries functioning better, lowers unhealthy LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, and helps improve blood flow to the skin and the brain.
- Dark Leafy Greens: spinach, kale, and collard greens (prime source of lutein and zeaxanthin, that may bolster the skin’s natural defenses against sun damage. These anti-agers also help protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV light).
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