Sunday, August 2, 2009

5 Foods you should be eating for your body

Posted by Kay at 6:37 PM

1. Green Beans
The major health benefit of common beans are their capability to lower cholesterol due to their rich source of fiber. Studies have shown that the high fiber contained in beans prevents blood sugar levels from elevating too quickly following a meal. This makes beans a definite good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance, or hypoglycemia. Common beans promote heart health due to their fiber, antioxidants, folic acid, vitamin B6, and magnesium. Folic acid and vitamin B6 help to lower levels of homocysteine, which is an amino acid that is an aid product in an important metabolic process called the methylation cycle. Elevated blood levels of homocysteine are an independent risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. These elevated blood levels are found in 20 to 40 percent of patients with heart disease. Research has showed that beans are also protective against cancer.

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2. Salmon
Salmon is low in calories and saturated fat, yet great in protein, as well as an unique kind of health-promoting fat, the omega-3 existent fatty acids. As their name infers, essential fatty acids are existent for human health but since they cannot be brought about by the body, they must be obtained from foods. Fish contain a type of essential fatty acid called the omega-3 fatty acids. Wild-caught cold water fish, like salmon, are higher in omega-3 fatty acids than warm water fish. In fact, the fat composition of salmon has recently been evaluated as excellent not only because of its rich omega-3 content, but including because of its great ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s and its health-supportive match of saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. Each of these features in the fat composition of salmon helps reduce risk of unwanted inflammation and help maintain the integrity of our immune and circulatory systems. Besides being an excellent source of omega-3s, salmon are an excellent source of selenium, a very beneficial source of protein, niacin and vitamin B12, and a good source of phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin B6.

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3. Blueberries
Blueberries are literally bursting with nutrients and flavor, yet very low in calories. Recently, researchers at Tufts University examined 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability. Blueberries ranked highest in their capacity of level free radicals. Packed with antioxidant phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, blueberries neutralize free radical defect to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues that can affect to cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer. Anthocyanins, the blue-red pigments found in blueberries, correct the integrity of support structures in the veins and entire vascular system. Anthocyanins have been shown to better the effects of vitamin C, improve capillary integrity, and balance the collagen matrix (the ground material of all body tissues).

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4. Watermelon
Analysis displays that eating foods that are full of water, such as watermelon, helps keep you satisfied on less calories. (Interestingly enough, drinking water alongside foods doesn’t have the safe effect.) At 92 percent water, watermelon is a favorable source of vitamin C. When it’s the red variety (several are orange or yellow), it too has lycopene, an antioxidant that may help defend against heart disease and some types of cancer. Other foods that are produced mostly of water include cucumbers (95 percent), salad greens (90 percent) and strawberries (91 percent).

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5. Tomatoes
Eating more vitamin-C rich foods, such as oranges, tomatoes, strawberries and broccoli, may be a secret to smoother skin. The carotenoid found in tomatoes has been comprehensively analyzed for its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties. The antioxidant function of lycopene-its ability to help protect cells and other forms in the body from oxygen damage-has been linked in human research to the protection of DNA (our genetic material) inside white blood cells. Prevention of heart disease has been shown to be another antioxidant role acted by lycopene.
In comparison to many other food phytonutrients, whose effects have only been studied in animals, lycopene from tomatoes has been recurrently studied in humans and found to be protective against a growing list of cancers. These cancers now include colorectal, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.

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