These days, the media is filled with so much contradictory information about which foods are healthy that it can become overwhelming to know which foods are actually good for you. To make things simple, we have compiled a list of five superfoods and their health benefits for seniors and people of all ages.
Avocados not only contain healthy fat that provides energy to your brain, but they are also rich in minerals and vitamins. Are you looking to lower your cholesterol levels? Consuming avocados can reduce total cholesterol levels due to the natural plant sterol, beta-sitosterol, that is contained in avocados.
The health benefits of garlic are endless – garlic helps reverse early heart disease by removing plaque buildup in arteries, it has antiviral properties that can help relieve and prevent a common cold and garlic also reduces blood pressure. The healing properties of garlic are most effective when garlic is eaten raw in foods like soup, eggs, beans, etc.
Besides being sweet and juicy, berries are also really beneficial for your overall health. Berries (especially blueberries) are filled with antioxidants, they have anti-inflammatory properties, and are high in fiber.
Green Tea is easy to prepare, perfect to drink on a cold day and is a healthy alternative to soda or energy drinks. Green Tea can boost your metabolism (which aids in burning fat) and it has strong antioxidants that could lower the risk of some types of cancer.
Lemons are a great source of vitamin C. Eating fruits that have a lot of vitamin C can reduce your risk of heart disease. This citrus fruit can also prevent kidney stones and can improve the body’s absorption of iron from plant foods, therefore assisting with the prevention of iron deficiency anemia.
Avocados, garlic, berries, green tea, and lemons all have various health benefits and they are easy to find at the nearest grocery store and put into recipes.