Hi, today’s post will cover disease-fighting foods. Of course, immunity can be boosted by exercising regularly (not over doing it – that compromises the immune system), and hygiene as well. These 3 together are basic things that are in your direct control. We will look at what we can add to our diet to help defend ourselves better against diseases.
Soybeans are a known source of proteins, carbohydrates (soluble and insoluble fiber), potassium, magnesium, molybdenum etc. They are also a rich source of the very beneficial isoflavones compounds like genistein. It is also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and iron. Studies have shown soybean’s significant role in preventing cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, promoting gastrointestinal health; lowering the chances of getting breast and prostate cancer and stabilizing blood sugars at healthy level as well as lowering BP and LDL.
Walnuts rank among the top dry fruits. They teem with health benefits such as cutting cholesterol levels, reducing risk of CVD, improving cognitive function etc. The Omega -3 in walnuts helps stabilize cardiac arrhythmia and prevents blood clotting within arteries. It prevents the hardening of arteries. Walnuts are rich in I-arginine – one of the essential amino acids that help blood vessels to relax. Not the least, walnuts boost your power to fight infections of the skin, asthma and arthritis.
Broccoli is packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Calcium, Magnesium and Iron. In addition to that, broccoli is loaded with indoles and the very potent cancer fighting chemical sulforaphane and beta-carotene. This chemical produces enzymes that fight colon, bladder and ovarian cancers effectively. Broccoli also helps detoxify your system by removing free radicals that damage the heart. By the same virtue, it also protects the skin and helps maintain a healthy stomach flora. How’s that for a single vegetable!
This leafy green is loaded with beta-carotene, B2, B6, A, C, K, iron and chlorophyll. It is also a good source of folate, magnesium, potassium, zinc, protein, dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorus, omega-3 fatty acids, niacin and selenium. Spinach protects against osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, and arthritis, strengthens bones, purifies blood vessels, increases blood haemoglobin, cures bile related problems, and removes toxins from intestines.
This bitter Mediterranean food is a power fighter. Its sulforaphane boosts the body’s detoxification enzymes. Olives give cellular protection against free radicals. The Vitamin E present in olives work as anti-oxidants that neutralize free radicals. It also protects against heart diseases and supports gastrointestinal health. It is known to reduce cholesterol and chances of colon cancer. Apart from this, the polyphenols in olives may also help reduce the severity of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Olives are famous for their anti-inflammatory property.
There are many more foods that I have not included such as oats, tomatoes, capsicums etc. Though the foods I have mentioned have multiple benefits, they could harm those who are allergic to them.
Until next Wednesday, eat right and stay fit!