Top 10 Super Healing Foods for Healthier and Longer Life

Healthy life style with few changes always gives you healthier and longer life. Non healthy food accelerate the aging process. Eating the right diet with antioxidants which are the natural enemies of free radicals. We can do this only by eating lots of fruits and vegetables.

The following super foods are full with antioxidants as well as other diseases, fighting nutritional powerhouses that can help us live healthier and longer.

Top 10 Super Healing Foods for Healthier and Longer Life

1. Beans

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Healing Powers:

Beans contain a healthy dose of fiber and can help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, and reduce breast cancer risk.



Best Sources:

Black eyed peas, chickpeas, kidney beans, and limas each 7 grams of fiber or more per half cup. Rinse canned beans to reduce sodium.

2. Berries

Healing Powers:

Berries contain fiber, vitamin C and an antioxidant called ellagic acid, which is helpful for preventing cataracts, cancer, and constipation.

Tip

To get the most nutrients, buy or pick berries at peak freshness and eat them raw. cooking berries destroys some vitamin C.



3. Broccoli

Healing Powers:

Broccoli contains two powerful cancer fighting compounds as well as fiber and beta-carotene, which ward off heart disease, certain cancers, and cataracts.

Best Sources:

Broccoli that’s dark, almost purple, has the most beta-carotene. Lightly streaming it helps release healing compounds; overheating can destroy nutrients.

4. Carrots

Healing Powers:

Carrots contain rich stores of the antioxidants beta-carotene, which improves night vision and protects against heart disease, cancer, and macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in older adults).



Tip:

Trim greenery off carrots before storing to prevent the leaves from leaching nutrients from the roots. Juicing or lightly cooking carrots helps release the beta-carotene. Eat carrots with a little fat to boost absorption.

5. Fish

Healing Powers:

Fish contains omega 3 fatty acids – a type of fat that helps prevent heart disease, may protect you from depression.

Best Sources:

Try fresh or canned salmon (not smoked), mackerel, rainbow trout, tuna, whitefish (fresh, not smoked), sardines, and pickled Atlantic herring. Also choose canned white (albacore) tuna packed in water, but look for the most rams of fat per serving; the more total fat, the more omega 3 fats.

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6. Milk

Healing Powers:

Milk contains calcium, which helps strengthen bones, prevent osteoporosis, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It may also protect against certain cancers.

Best Sources:

Buy nonfat milk; for thicker consistency, add nonfat milk powder. Also, choose cartons. Translucent plastic jugs admit light, which destroys some nutrients.

7. Nuts

Healing Powers:


Nuts contain antioxidants called flavonoids and other compounds that protect against heart disease and help lower cholesterol. Ellagic acid and omega 3 fats in walnuts may help prevent cancer.

Best Sources:

Some good choices are peanuts, almonds, and walnuts, but don’t exceed your desired daily fat intake. Sprinkling chopped, toasted nuts on cereals or salads is a good way to control portions.

8. Onions

Healing Powers:

Onion contain compounds that lower cholesterol, thin the blood, and prevent hardening of the arteries (all helping to prevent heart disease). These compounds may also help ward off gastrointestinal cancers.



Best Sources:

Red and yellow onions have the highest flavonoids content; white onion have the least.

9. Oranges

Healing Powers:

Oranges contain vitamin C, which aids healing, boosts immunity, and helps the body absorb iron. They also contain pectin, which helps lower cholesterol and control blood sugar.

Tip:

Don’t peel off the white spongy layer just beneath the skin; it contains half of the fruit’s pectin. And stock up on juice concentrate; it’s as nutritious as fresh juice.



10. Tomatoes

Healing Powers:

Tomatoes contain two antioxidants – lycopene and vitamin C – that protect against heart disease and cancers of the prostate and lungs.

Tip:

For maximum nutrition, buy ripe tomatoes, not pale ones. The best sources of lycopene are processed tomato products such as tomato paste and spaghetti sauce. To make the lycopene in fresh tomatoes more absorb able, cook them in a little oil.