It seems like every day there’s a fresh report on some exotic wonder food or supplement. But actually, some of the healthiest foods aren’t that out of the ordinary. Here’s what some everyday wonder foods can do for you.
Oatmeal may not be unusual or glamorous, but it’s a tried-and-true health food. Oats can lower cholesterol and help you feel full longer. The fiber in oats can reduce the risk for heart disease.
Broccoli has lutein and zeaxanthin, phytonutrients that preserve good vision and may prevent cataracts. In addition, it has cancer-fighting compounds including vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, and fiber, and may reduce the risk for colorectal cancer. Broccoli also contains folic acid, which helps to decrease certain types of birth defects.
Oily fish such as salmon is a great source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. These fats may help reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke. They decrease the risk for irregular heartbeat, which can lead to heart attack. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids may slow the progression of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, in heart patients.
Walnuts have one of the highest antioxidant contents per serving size. Plus, they are rich sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown that walnuts lower blood cholesterol levels in people at risk for heart disease.
Blueberries, like walnuts, are super-loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, or cell-damaging molecules, in the body, which are thought to contribute to cancer and heart disease.
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