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17 Functional Foods To Keep You Healthy

Functional foods are those that collaborate to improve metabolism and prevent health problems. These “functional foods” are 24 types of food, drinks and spices that you need to consume to have a long and active life. Consuming these vegetables, fruits, spices and drinks will help you prevent heart disease and cancer and a lot of other illnesses. Some herbs and spices are able to double or even triple the medicinal value of your meal. Check out some “functional foods” that will give a little bit more help to your heart!

1. Parsley: Parsley has natural antioxidants. That means that the natural antioxidants are able to neutralize free radicals before they can cause damage to cells.

2. Apples: Provide pholyphenols. An apple has around 90 calories. Almost all of the apple fiber are in it skin so do not peel your apples. 

3. Blackberries: Contains high levels of anthocyanins. According to a 209 Tufts University Study”, blackberries “provide potent antioxidants known as polyphenols that zap the cell inflammation and encourage communication between neurons, improving the ability to soak up new informations”.

4. Garlic: Garlic brings remarkable benefits to the health of the cardiovascular system. Studies show that consumption of garlic helps to regulate blood pressure. It does this by several different mechanisms, including stimulation of nitric oxide in the walls of your blood vessels, helping to loosen them.

5. Basil: An herb effective in preventing cell damage. It source of vitamin K, iron, calcium, vitamin A, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium.

6. Cinnamon: Interestingly, cinnamon lowers blood sugar by acting on several different levels. It helps to slow down stomach emptying, thereby reducing the sharp rise in glucose after meals body, and improves the efficiency or sensitivity to insulin.

7. Black tea: Theaflavins. If you use black tea it will have a big impact over diarrhoea, tooth decay, cholesterol, poor blood circulation, digestive problems, asthma, high blood pressure.

8. Blueberries: High levels of anthocyanins. Blueberries will make your heart healthier, reduce stress and anxiety, healthy digestion.

9. Broccoli: A range of health-giving polyphenols. Broccoli fights birth defects, helps with diabetes, fights heart disease, regulates blood pressure, regulates hormones.

10. Dark Chocolate: contains lots of polyphenols, particularly flavanols, lowers blood pressure, increased insulin sensitivity.

11. Oranges: contain hesperedin, which aids a healthy heart, lowers cholesterol, full of fibre, keeps teeth and bones healthy, protects kidneys.

12. Red onions: High levels of cancer-fighing quercatin. Boosts immune system, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, nutrient dense.

13. Spinach: Protects skin, anti-cancer, protects digestion, anti-cancer, healthy bones.

14. Plums: Contains Vitamin K, A, Selenium, Potassium, Fiber. Offers nutritional benefits, antioxidants, improves liver functions.

 15. Peaches: low in calories, good source of Vitamin C, powerful diuretic, improves immunity, rejuvenates skin, rich in potassium and iron.

16. Strawberries: Eye health, reduce inflammation, anti-aiging, lose weight, helps regulate blood pressure, defends against cancer cells.

17. Coffee: helps prevent strokes, increases endurance, helps with muscle pains, contains antioxidants, an immune system booster.

 

 

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