Here’s a fact: Neither a fountain of youth nor an age-defying product can help you cheat death but when it comes to living a longer and healthier life, there are more ways than one to make it more possible. For sure, healthy eating coupled with regular exercise can cut your chances of getting heart problems and cancer by half . However, trimming down your choices into foods that have long been proven to work wonders on our health is always better than getting lost with those bogus advertisements claiming that this and that is a miracle product that everyone ought to try. Here are just seven of the most well-known foods with a long list of health benefits under their name:
For many years, people from East Asia have used green tea as a healthy way to hydrate their bodies. This must be the reason why in both Japan and China, strong research evidences have pointed out the potency of green tea in reducing a person’s risk for cancer, cardiovascular disorders and diabetes. According to latest scientific findings by the American Medical Association, drinking at least five to six cups of green tea a day is enough to get a 26% less chance of dying from any natural cause compared to those who only drink less than a cup. The antioxidant called catechins which can be found naturally in green tea leaves can help in fighting off free radicals responsible for cancer, increasing the body’s metabolism and dilating the blood vessels so that occurrence of atherosclerosis can be prevented effectively.
Also known as the “stinking rose” for the strong flavor it usually emits, garlic has more to offer than an added twist on our dishes. Two of the naturally occurring compounds found in garlic namely, allicin and diallyl sulphide, have been linked to garlic’s antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. In addition to that, scientific evidences have also proven that garlic can help in decreasing blood pressure and one’s risk of both cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Just make sure that you won’t prefer burned garlic over fresh ones because the former won’t give you the health benefits you desire from this superspice.
Some people hate munching bell peppers but even more people like the sweet taste they bring to some of our favorite tomato dishes. But aside from their attractive colors and sweet taste, there are more reasons why bell peppers have managed to stand out among other spices. These wonderful addition to your everyday dish are naturally rich in phytochemicals, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, beta carotene and folic acid. Combine all these nutrients and you will get a natural dose of medicine that can help you fight off cancer, cataract, heart diseases, skin and immune problems.
When people hear the word “soy”, they will immediately think about soy sauce and the boatloads of sodium it contains. But we’re talking about improving your health and prolonging your life here so soy sauce is definitely out of the picture. What every one must include on their diet are those products which naturally came from soy like soy milk, tofu and soy beans. According to a report published in the Journal of American Medical Association, soy can be as powerful as medications called “statins” in keeping your cholesterol levels at bay. Several scientific studies have also backed up the claims about the healing powers of soy in preventing hot flashes and other undesirable symptoms from ruining a woman’s menopausal stage.
Calcium is an important mineral that has a vital role in keeping the integrity of both our heart and bones. As we age, our body’s ability to absorb calcium decreases so risks of having pathological fractures are then increased. But you don’t have to wait until your bones start complaining because by eating dairy products that are high in calcium but low in saturated fats, you’re also strengthening your body’s defenses against osteoporosis. Aside from a low-fat yogurt, other rich sources of calcium are dark green vegetables, skim milk, low-fat cheese and sardines.
With a long list of health benefits listed on its resume, almonds definitely deserve to shine above its other counterparts like cashew and peanuts. An ounce of almonds contain almost 9 grams of oleic acid, a monounsaturated fats responsible in boosting our memory. In addition to that, almonds are also naturally high in fiber, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, calcium and vitamin E. The fiber it contains can fill the stomach and prevent constipation, the reason why almonds are considered a gem in fighting off both diabetes and colon cancer. Almonds are also known in decreasing bad cholesterol levels in the body and keep one’s blood pressure reading within normal limits.
Oatmeal is among those foods that have an impressive reputation in keeping our body in perfect shape. Naturally rich in soluble fiber, this heart-friendly addition to one’s breakfast has been known for years to effectively decrease one’s risk for diabetes, cancer and severe cardiovascular disorders.
The secret for a longer life is not actually something that has been hidden from human civilization for many years. One only requires discipline in maintaining a healthy outlook in life and continuously eating health-friendly foods like those that are listed above to keep major diseases at bay. We all hold the secret for a longer and healthier life but more often than not, we keep on overlooking foods that can do miracles not just on our own health but also to the lives of people we care about.
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