October 3, 2011
Five Foods To Fit In This Fall
Who doesn't associate the fall with apples? Turns out apples are not only delicious, but as we enjoy the sweet taste and super crunch, apples strengthen the lining of our mouth, digestive organs and even our airways. Apples contain vitamin C (which our skin needs for collagen production) and help maintain the body's natural physical barriers to fight infection and help it flush out invaders. This super fruit is also a rich source of fiber and can help to keep your cholesterol levels healthy.
These juicy beauties contain a myriad of health benefits. Grapes and parts of the grape plant contain very powerful plant chemicals that involve polyphenols, flavinoids and reservatrol. These antioxidant chemicals help keep us healthy, slowing down aging and decreasing inflammation from arthritis, heart disease and other conditions.
Don't discount the "cousin of broccoli" for its health benefits. Its nutritional value equals others from the cabbage family. It is especially low in calories, contains vitamin C and powerful plant chemicals called indoles and isothiocyanates. These chemicals are associated with decreasing the risk of many cancers especially those of the prostate. It's also is high in water content and fiber making you feel full with fewer calories and helping you manage your weight and appetite.
4. Winter Squash
Winter squash has immeasurable benefits that stem from a healthy dose of vitamin A from carotenoids, which help to keep your red blood cells healthy. This helps to promote a healthy immune system, allowing you to fight off infection and recover faster when you do get sick. Winter squash can also prevent heart disease, aging and some cancers and is great for your vision.
Underrated and under-appreciated, this vegetable is oh-so-powerful. Beets are rich in antioxidants like folate, vitamin C, copper and manganese and a class of plant chemicals called betalins. They relate to the striking color of beets, which help the body manage inflammation and pain, and have been implicated in helping to support nerve tissue health. For a natural and healthy detox, rethink beets for improving digestion and helping in naturally lowering body toxins.
Posted by Lisa at October 3, 2011 6:39 AM
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