These seven foods hold the "power" to help you lose weight and turn back the clock.
1. Brain Food
Antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids in some nuts and oils may curb inflammation. Inflammation is linked to age-related dementia. Blueberries, curry powder, pomegranates, walnuts, flaxseed are brain foods. You can spice up your salad by adding walnuts and flaxseed oil.
There's buzz about blueberries, for instance, for their memory-boosting potential. But berries of all hues are antioxidant-rich, reports Navindra P. Seeram, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy in Kingston. That means they combat free radicals, molecules that can cause widespread cell damage and are linked to chronic inflammation.
Unlike the inflammation that occurs when you sprain an ankle or strain a muscle, the type that contributes to aging is persistent, and thought to be at the root of most chronic diseases, from cancer, heart disease, and diabetes to Alzheimer's, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Berries' beauty bonus: They're chock-full of vitamin C, another potent antioxidant that may help keep your complexion looking smooth by fighting those pesky (skin-damaging) free radicals.
Check out this amazingly easy blueberry smoothie!
2. Cancer Preventer
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. It is known to be a powerful antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C is a water-soluble essential vitamin that is quickly lost from your body, so daily intake is vital. Vitamin C is found in berries, peppers, onions, baby spinach, brewed black tea, kale, kiwifruits, lemons, and sesame seeds just to name a few.
3. Energy Source
We could all use a little more pep! Iron fuels organs and tissues so that they function at their optimal level. Great energy sources include: baby spinach, bulgar wheat, quinoa and raisins just to name a few.
4. Heart Healthy
High potassium foods (spinach), antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats can help keep blood pressure balanced and prevent
cholesterol buildup. Some great heart healthy foods include: almonds, baby spinach, black beans, berries, cinnamon, celery, dark
chocolate, kale, portobellos, olive oil, quinoa, and sesame oil.
5. Skin Smoother
Fruits and vegetables that contain lycopene and beta-carotene can help block UV rays thus slowing down the aging process. Vitamin C also stimulates the production of collagen helping prevent fine lines.
Some of the best skin smoothers include baby spinach, blueberries, kale lemon, kiwi, walnuts and berries.
6. Fiber! Body Slimmer
Foods high in fiber help you stay full so you're less likely to overeat later. Fiber and cinnamon also help regulate blood sugar levels, preventing weight gain and obesity-related illness. Chia seeds are high in fiber. Chia seeds are “super” because, like a superfruit, they deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories. They have several of the same benefits as the more well-known “super seed” flax, but unlike flax seed, you don’t need to grind them to reap the health benefits. The nutritional benefits of chia include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants and much more – even protein!
Juicing organic fruits and vegetables helps your body can absorb the nutrients better and it gives your digestive system a rest from working on fiber. Juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, help you remove toxins from your body, aid digestion, and help you lose weight. For juice recipes check out Juicing Vegetables and the Alpha Reset.