Many people think about this superfood as being nothing more than plain old vegetable that can tweak our taste buds with some extra flavor. Yet cutting-edge research on these superfoods tells us that nothing could be further from the truth as they have so many unique nutritional benefits to offer! One difficulty in describing the health benefits of these foods is knowing where to begin. There are a surprising number of nutrient categories responsible for the health benefits of this underappreciated tuber. Among these categories are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and blood sugar-regulating nutrients. Each category brings with it valuable health benefits.
This digestive enhancing food is a plant based source of calcium and consuming healthy amounts of calcium is one of the best ways to strengthen bones and prevent bone loss. Osteoporosis has been linked with lower amounts of calcium consumption, so eating this food on a regular basis can prevent osteoporosis and enhance digestion. Because it contains anti-bacterial properties, it can be used to fight off infections internally and externally. Ancient cultures applied these burnt seeds to wounds in order to prevent infections. Typically fruits and vegetables with bright colors contain properties that protect the body from free radicals.
There is a food that has been used for ages to help with many of the body’s ailments. This food offers not only the luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics, but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium; and fiber. Together, these nutrients promote the health of the cardiovascular system and also provide protection against colon cancer. In addition, this food contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which is used like bromelain to help with many digestive related issues. This super food is called papaya.
A study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders that included 65 overweight and obese adults suggests that this superfood-enriched low calorie diet can help overweight individuals shed pounds more effectively than a low calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates. Those on this superfood-enriched low calorie diet consumed 39% of their calories in the form of fat, 25% of which was monounsaturated fat. In contrast, those on the low calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates consumed only 18% of their calories as fat, of which 5% was monounsaturated fat, while 53% of their calories were derived from carbohydrate.
These super fruits are a great source of minerals that helps to control blood pressure. Many people not only do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, but also do consume high amounts of sodium as salt. Therefore frequently eating added processed foods, which may lead to being deficient in potassium.
Can vegetables really block fat? The high fiber content (over 15% of our RDA) of this fat burning vegetable has the ability to lower our cholesterol by binding with bile acids that the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat. Because many of these bile acids are coupled with fiber, the liver is charged with producing more bile acid to digest fat, and therefore requires more cholesterol to do so, ultimately lowering the cholesterol amount within our bodies.
This fruit won’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an this fruit stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria. A new study performed on mice shows that drinking this fruit juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain. Mice in the study that were fed an enhanced diet showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and did better in maze tests than those on a regular diet.
Few fruits have garnered as much attention in the health research literature as we are about to see. Part of the reason may be these super fruits widespread presence in diets worldwide. With the exception of Antarctica, this powerhouse of a fruit is cultivated on all of the earth's continents, and researchers from many different countries have been especially interested in this food. But an even greater part of the reason involves the amazing nutrient composition of grapes themselves. Every year, it seems like the list of health-supportive grape nutrients grow longer, and it can be challenging just to keep up with the many phytonutrients provided by this popular food.
This vegetable is known to help detoxify the body, especially the skin. Occasionally it’s known as a yellow superfood, it gives rise to your veggie intake for the entire day, which can be between 2 and 3 cups, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The plant, a mixture of a turnip along with a cabbage, originated from Russia however grows through the entire United States and provide health benefits because of their important nutrient content. What most people don’t realize is that Rutabaga is really a cruciferous veggie.