Here is a list of the 10 healthiest foods that experts believe will slow down the aging process and protect you from degenerative diseases and other diseases. These superfoods also contain vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. They are also known as energy boosters. Without further ado, here is our top 10 list of healthy foods:
- Broccoli – Broccoli is packed with nutrients and antioxidants. It helps fight cancer, especially colon, breast, and lung cancer. It is also known to boost your immune system. Contains more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin K needs and nearly 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C (essential nutrient for bone formation). All of this from just one medium-sized broccoli stalk.
Citrus Fruits – Found in grapefruit, lemons, limes and oranges, these citrus bioflavanoids contain antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Eating just one lemon provides more than 100 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. It’s known to strengthen bones and raise your so-called “good” HDL cholesterol levels. They also act as an anti-inflammatory that slows the growth of cancer cells by preventing blood from clotting.
Beans – Legumes (peas, beans, lentils) are excellent sources of vitamin B, protein and fiber. Also a good source of iron and zinc. Beans have been found to lower bad cholesterol (LDL), regulate blood sugar and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Spinach – Spinach is high in antioxidants that destroy the free radicals that damage your body. Spinach is high in lutein and zeaxanthin, immune-boosting antioxidants that reduce the risk of macular degeneration (poor vision). Loaded with fiber, vitamin C and calcium. In the fruit and vegetable group, spinach is one of the most potent when it comes to fighting cancer. It’s also high in folic acid, which is known to lower blood pressure.
Organic Eggs – Not only are eggs an incredible source of high-quality nutrients, but they’re also remarkably cheap for those of you on a tight budget (who aren’t these days). Some experts recommend eating the eggs raw to preserve their rich nutritional value. When you boil the eggs, it loses most of its nutritional value.
Raw Nuts – Raw nuts are high in protein, vitamins B and E, minerals manganese and copper. Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower cholesterol. Almonds also help lower cholesterol levels. Nuts have been found to have anti-heart disease as well as anti-cancer properties.
Berries – Berries are one of the best fruits out there. Almost all berries are rejuvenating tonics for the blood and heart. They are high in fiber and low in sugar. Helps protect the cells in our body and helps reduce the risk of diseases like cancer. Several studies have shown that a daily serving of potassium-rich berries can reduce the risk of stroke. Also an excellent source of vitamin C. Blueberries, for example, are rich in antioxidants.
Garlic and Onions – Garlic and onions, both members of the leek family, could well be called “miracle” foods. Why? Both contain allicin, the active ingredient that produces medicinal benefits like lowering “bad” cholesterol and blood pressure. Garlic is a powerful disease fighter that can inhibit the growth of bacteria. Garlic is also a natural antibiotic. And research is mounting that garlic reduces the risk of various types of cancer.
Fish Oil – Loaded with beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA. Helps prevent heart disease, cancer and many other diseases. Increases your energy levels and provides greater resistance to common illnesses like the flu and the common cold. Some experts believe that fish is contaminated with mercury and dangerous PCBs, so many recommend that fish oil should be taken in liquid form from a quality, reputable brand.
10. Avocados – Helps protect against heart disease and stroke. Lowers bad cholesterol but also raises good cholesterol. Avocados also help increase the absorption of nutrients. It has been shown to prevent and protect against various forms of cancer.
Thanks to Bob Thie