Two weeks ago we took a look at a few little-known ‘superfoods’ that have incredible health benefits. Today we’ll conclude our Superfoods series with a few more secret foods that you should stock up on.
If a disaster strikes, you might find yourself spending a lot more time outside and in the sunlight. Watermelon is high in the pigment lycopene, which offers protection against skin damage from UV light.
Watermelon is also known to reduce the incidence of heart disease and prostate cancer. Lycopene is also found in tomatoes, red peppers, green tea and mackerel.
Millions of Americans start their day with a cup of coffee and those of us who’ve made a habit don’t like giving up that comforting shot of caffeine, but coffee has other significant benefits. Coffee can help reduce the risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s, cirrhosis, gallstones and even liver cancer. Other great sources of antioxidants that promote liver health are artichokes, blueberries, beetroot and broccoli.
If you’re anything like me and enjoy an occasional Indian dish, you’re going to love the news about curry. Scientists have discovered that curry has anti-inflammatory properties and even anti-cancer benefits. On top of that, there is growing evidence that curry protects against Alzheimer’s. Other immune boosting foods include garlic, watercress, tomatoes and pumpkin seeds.
One of my favorite superfoods is proven to stimulate digestion, offer anti-depression relief and tastes great. I bet you didn’t know that common black pepper could do all that! The active ingredient in black pepper is piperine, and along with turkey, salmon, dark chocolate, bananas and oat cakes can lift your spirits while providing a boost to your system!
Most readers have probably heard of Omega-3 fats, which are believed to aid learning and memory. Omega 3 can also protect your cardio system. A natural way to get Omega 3 into your system is through walnuts, sardines, salmon, mackerel, hempseed oil and pumpkin seeds.
Butter beans are our final entry are a true Superfood, containing a great combination of protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber and have a very low glycemic index. This means they gradual release nutrients into the bloodstream, so you get a little energy boost throughout the day. Other healthy slow release foods include meats, oats, lentils, nuts and green vegetables.