It’s a known fact that the food you ingest on a regular basis either assists in maintaining a healthy body or creates problems that result in serious health conditions. That’s why it’s important to select foods that are known to provide excellent nutritional support and are full of antioxidants that cleanse toxins from your system.
The beverages, fruit and products listed below have been extensively researched and have proven to have a positive impact in maintaining a healthy system when ingested on a regular basis.
1. Green Tea
Green tea is an excellent anti-oxidant and has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review of many studies found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure. It has also been found to assist in weight loss. There are many varieties to choose from that can be either brewed or purchased in powdered form. Click here for great deals on quality green tea and visit Cuppa Tea Moments to experience their 90 day taste test guarantee.
The garden strawberry is a widely grown hybrid species cultivated globally for its fruit. Its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness adds to its appeal. It is consumed in large quantities globally, either fresh or in prepared foods such as ice creams, chocolates, milkshakes, pies, and juice. Best of all it’s high in antioxidants and a nutritious addition to your diet.
The pecan is actually a species of hickory native to Mexico and the Southern United States. A pecan, like the fruit of all other members of the hickory genus, is not truly a nut, but is technically a drupe, a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk.
Pecans are a rich source of dietary fiber (38% DV), manganese (214% DV), magnesium (34% DV), phosphorus (40% DV), zinc (48% DV) and thiamin(57% DV). Pecans are also a good source (10-19% DV) of protein, iron, and B vitamins.
Blueberries are perennial flowering plants that produce blue (or purple) colored berries.
Blueberries are sold fresh or processed as individually quick frozen fruit, purée, juice, or dried berries. They appear in a variety of consumer goods such as jellies, jams, blueberry pies, muffins, snack foods, and as breakfast cereal additives. Generally, nutrient contents of blueberries are a low percentage of the DV (table). One serving provides a relatively low caloric value of 57 kcal per 100 g serving and glycemic load score of 6 out of 100 per day.
Walnuts are rounded, single-seeded stone fruits of the walnut tree commonly used for the meat after fully ripening. The husk once removed reveals a wrinkly walnut shell typically found in two segments. During the ripening process, the husk becomes brittle and the shell hardens. The seed kernels are enclosed in a brown seed coat which contains antioxidants. The antioxidants protect the oil-rich seed from atmospheric oxygen.
Walnuts can be eaten raw, toasted or pickled or as part of a mix such as muesli.
6. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains a higher percentage of cocoa solids and cocoa butter than milk chocolate, and little to no dairy product. It contains antioxidants such as polyphenols, and is relatively low in sugar. It is considered healthier than milk chocolate and has been identified as a potential “superfood.” This health designation has helped lead to a global increase in demand for dark chocolate.
7. Red Wine
Red wine is made from dark-colored grape varieties. The actual color of the wine can range from violet, typical of young wines, through red for mature wines, to brown for older red wines. Red wine contains more polyphenols than white wine, and is considered protective against cardiovascular disease. Red wine contains the chemical resveratrol and there is tentative evidence it may improve heart health.
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