The Nutritional Top Ten
Food Fitness. Nourish your body.
Following is a list of the top ten nutritional foods plus an explanation as to just HOW they are beneficial to your overall health!
The b-glucan in whole oats reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. The soluble fiber is instrumental in lowering cholesterol and stabilizing blood sugars.
The bioactive ingredients in soy protein products suppress the formation of blood vessels that feed cancer cells. Soy helps stabilize hormone levels in women, as well as decrease the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and ovarian, breast, and prostate cancers.
Lycopene, a potent antioxidant is a carotenoid that fights the uncontrolled growth of cells into tumors. It fights cancer of the colon, bladder, pancreas, and prostate.
Men who eat 10 servings of tomatoes per week have been shown to decrease their prostate cancer risk by 66 percent.
04. Coldwater Seafood:
Healthy EPA/omega-3 oils are shown to decrease risk of coronary artery disease, stabilize blood sugars, increase brain power, and reduce the inflammatory response.
Seafood reduces LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising levels of HDL cholesterol.
A unique source of lignans, powerful antioxidants that are believed to stop cells from turning cancerous.
Flaxseed also contains alpha-linolenic acid, the plant version of the omega-3s found in fish oils; it makes a great, healthy option for people who won't eat fish.
Rich in allicin, which boosts immune function and reduces cancer risk.
Garlic also has strong anti-viral effects and has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
07. Chili Peppers
A source of capsaicin, a vital immunebooster with powerful anti-viral effects. Capsaicin is linked to decreased risk of stomach cancer due to its ability to neutralize nitrosamines, a cancer-causing compound formed in the body when cured or charred meats are consumed. Capsaicin also kills bacteria believed to cause stomach ulcers.
08. Sweet Potatoes
A rival of carrots as a potent source of beta-carotene and other carotenoids, which help prevent cataracts and protect the body from free radicals and cancer -- particularly cancer of the larynx, esophagus, and lungs.
Grape skins contain a high concentration of resveratrol, which appears to block the formation of coronary artery plaque, as well as tumor formation and growth. Red grape juice or red wine is considered a better source of resveratrol than white, which is made without the grape skins.
10. Cruciferous Vegetables
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts contain indoles, sulforaphane, and isothiocyanates, which protect cells from damage by carcinogens, block tumor formation, and help the liver to inactivate hormone-like compounds that may promote cancer.
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