3. Dark Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens are amazing for you. Dark leafy vegetables are packed with phytonutrients, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Health benefits include:
- Rich sources of minerals (iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium)
- Phytonutrients that neutralize free radicals
- Omega-3 fats
- Vitamins (especially vitamin K)
- Aides in prevention atherosclerosis
- Reduces inflammation
- Aides in prevention of diabetes
Berries are amazing. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries contain antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. Berries contain a phytonutrient called ellagic acid that is responsible for the prevention of different types of cancer. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research berries contain vitamin C, fiber, ellagic acid, vitamin A, folate and flavonoids, which help prevent cancer and slow the development of cancer.
Blueberries are especially powerful. They contain anthocyanosides and resveratrol. Anthocyanin is the major antioxidant in blueberries and it also gives blueberries their blue pigment. Resveratrol is also found in grapes and cranberries. It has anti-fungal properties as well.
Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene. According to different research studies, people who eat a lot of tomatoes have a decreased risk of developing certain cancers like stomach, prostate and lung cancer. Lycopene also helps decrease risks of heart disease, macular degenerative disease, and lowers inflammation throughout the body.
Other foods that are rich in lycopene include: guava, watermelon, papaya, pink grapefruit and apricots.
Beets are amazing. They are packed with antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals. Beets also have amazing detoxification properties and are beneficial for increasing athletic performance. Beets can increase oxygen within the blood and helps eliminate waste products.
They have antitumor effects and contain a high iron content that helps regenerate red blood cells and help supply cancer cells with more oxygen. Cancer cells are deprived of oxygen so this in turn helps destroy them. Betazyane is a flavonoid that is found in beets and helps increase oxygen intake of cells.
Beet juice is amazing. It helps prevent different diseases and can also reverse diseases as well. Beets contain betaine that helps detox the liver and kidneys. Basically, if you can’t tell already, beets are just awesome!