Let’s face it…most of us aren’t getting enough of our Five-a-Day.
So it helps if you can get the best bang for your buck when you do eat your greens.
The following 12 top health foods are LOADED with proven benefits!
Everything from lowering stress to fighting cancer.
And today, I’m going to reveal some of their secret powers…
Secret Power: Fights Colds.
Want to avoid getting a summer cold?
We each suffer from between two to four on average each year. So adding some garlic to your cooking could be the answer.
It’s all thanks to the special compound ‘allicin’. One study found that regularly taking garlic could reduce the risk of catching a cold by more than half.
Worried about Stinky Breathe?
Then try one of the top health foods, black garlic.
Black garlic has been fermented and isn’t as pungent as white garlic. What’s more, its soft, chewy and delicious and you can therefore eat it raw.
Go for the fermented bulbs, rather than the separate cloves as they taste a little sweeter.
In addition, the fermenting process further increases the garlic’s level of antioxidants.
Secret Power: Raises Libido.
Red is the color of passion and it seems that health foods like beetroot can fan the flames of love.
It’s secret is high amounts of boron which is a mineral that helps the production of sex hormones.
This means if can be especially beneficial in post-menopausal women. The high levels of boron, increase oestrogen and testosterone, consequently boosting the libido.
What’s more, beetroot is also a good source of nitric oxide, which increases blood flow to your naughty bits.
Related: 25 Foods for Diabetics
3. Baked Beans.
Secret Power: Digestive Health.
Jack was right to exchange his cow for beans.
Did you know that the lowly baked bean counts for one of your recommended portions of fruit and veg?
One poll revealed that 40% of us didn’t know.
Therefore, if you love baked beans, this is great news!
But that’s not all.
The haricot bean is also packed with protein, iron, calcium and fiber, which keeps the digestive system working and guards against cancer.
Secret Power: Beats Wrinkles.
Who among us doesn’t want glowing, youthful skin?
As celery is over 95% water it’s perfect for hydrating your skin.
Furthermore, celery also contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidant flavonoids and polyphenol phytonutrients that help make collagen, keeping your skin looking plump and perky.
As a result, this makes celery one of the perfect health foods for anyone wishing to turn back the years.
Secret Power: Weight Loss.
Radishes contain flavonoids – plant compounds – that could help you not only maintain your ideal weight, but also lose a few pounds.
Researchers from Harvard University and the University of East Anglia found that just a single serving per day was enough to melt away that dreaded muffin top.
In conclusion, radishes are often overlooked as health foods, but are perfect to help you lose weight.
Secret Power: Beating Breast Cancer.
It seems like most of us at some point have had our lives affected by breast cancer.
My mother was diagnosed with the disease when I was growing up.
So any food that helps the fight against cancer is a welcome addition in my book.
And whilst somewhat of a stereotype, it’s true that many Poles love their cabbage. So it’s no surprise to learn that polish women tend to have lower rates of breast cancer.
Additionally, researchers from Mexico found that women who eat cabbage often had a much lower risk of developing the disease in later life.
Participants who ate cabbage four times a week were 72 per cent less likely to contract breast cancer than those whose plates rarely saw cabbage.
In summary, cabbages are one of the most effective anti-cancer health foods.
Related: 18 Low Carb Meals for Weight Loss
Secret Weapon: Heart Protection.
Former Prime minister John Major’s dinner-table favorite, the humble pea can protect your ticker.
Firstly, peas deliver a compound called spermidine which is linked to heart protection.
Secondly, researchers down-under discovered that eating health foods rich in spermidine could halve the risk of cardiac failure.
Therefore, don’t neglect this heart-protecting health food hero.
Secret Power: Muscle Marvel.
Basing my evidence on more than just a kid’s cartoon classic, scientists in Sweden have now revealed that spinach really can make us stronger!
Popeye was right to fill up on leafy green veg.
It seems that the nitrates in spinach boost the production of two proteins key to muscle strength.
In addition, nitrates increase blood flow and muscle contraction.
No wonder that this compound has become increasingly popular in sports supplements.
Secret Power: Brain Booster.
Broccoli is packed with the B vitamin choline and vitamin K, linked to enhanced mental agility, cognitive reasoning and memory performance.
Furthermore, broccoli includes plenty of folic acid which helps to shield against Alzheimer’s disease.
Secret Power: Strengthens Bones.
Osteoporosis literally means porous bones, a condition that weakens our skeleton, making our bones more likely to break.
And worldwide, 1 in 3 women over age 50 will experience fractures due to osteoporosis.
That’s an alarming statistic which suggests we should be doing more to ward off this disease.
Perhaps onions may hold the answer.
As one study from the University of Bern in Switzerland, found that just one gram of onion a day is enough to strengthen your bones.
Secret Power: Tummy Treat.
Did you know that a single spud contains more vitamin C than three avocados?
Perhaps even more surprising is that eating potatoes may actually help protect you from stomach cancer.
Chinese researchers at Zhejiang University performed a review of 76 studies and 6.3 million people across several nations.
Their findings: that people who ate white vegetables (potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower and onions) were a third less likely to contract the killer disease.
Secret Power: Improving Eyesight.
Whilst claims of helping you to see in the dark may be exaggerated, there is some truth that carrots protect your eyes.
Carrots contain beta carotene, the pigment that gives carrots their orange color.
Our bodies convert beta carotene into vitamin A, essential for eye health.
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