-By Maryam Rastkerdar
The secret to living longer and looking younger is in our food. Food high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients can wave off several diseases, including obesity, and turn back the metabolic clock.
Rich in anthocyanins, a form of antioxidants, blueberries help fight off free radicals and inflammation. In fact, studies have showed a link between chronic inflammation and metabolic disease states. It is safe to say that incorporating blueberries in our diet can help decreasing inflammation and lead to a better metabolism.
Rich in epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG and polyphenols, green tea is the most potent anti-inflammatory form of any tea. EGCG is a powerful antioxidant that has shown to be beneficial for brain function, and heart health. Polyphenols are micronutrients with antioxidant activity that play an important role in the prevention and progression of diabetes, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.
Dark chocolate is an anti-oxidative superfood with a range of health benefits including lowering blood sugar by preventing insulin resistance, lowering blood pressure, improving heart health and cholesterol profile in addition to protecting against oxidative damage to the metabolism.
Member of the ginger family, curcumin the most active component in turmeric has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to maintaining a youthful metabolism, turmeric can also help prevent cognitive decline, liver damage, heart disease, and help reduce joint pain and swelling in rheumatoid arthritis.
High in betaine, an amino acid with inflammatory properties, betaine has potential benefits for fighting heart disease, helping promote muscle gain and fat loss and improve the overall body composition.
Packed with protein, eggs help build lean muscle and keep the metabolism going. Free range eggs have a high presence of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps regulate and lower cholesterol.
A diet rich in eggs also helps to prevent metabolic syndrome which is a group of conditions that increase the risk of excess body fat and increased blood sugar that can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Made up mostly of monosaturated fatty acids, EVOO has a long list of health benefits. Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties, the benefits of olive oil include lowering high blood pressure, helping with mood disorders and depression, obesity, supporting brain health and improving the skin.
Nutrient rich and packed with antioxidants strawberries offer a wide range of health benefits. Being an excellent source of vitamin C, strawberries help with boosting the immune system, revitalize and nourish the skin as well as slowing skin aging and boosting the metabolism.
Considered a superfood, spinach is packed with vitamins such as A, C, B2, B6, K, it is also abundant in folate, calcium, zinc, CO factor- Q10, fiber and protein. Benefits of spinach includes strengthening of the muscles, bone mineralization and preventing osteoporosis, reducing the risk of cataracts, and maintain a proper metabolic activity.
Per an old proverb, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and that’s because apples are considered a miracle food. Apples are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and fiber. The health benefits include improved neurological health, lowered levels of LDL, detoxification of the liver, speeding up skin cell production, and support a good metabolism.
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