Learn about the Healing Powers of Certain Foods

There are foods that can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol, strengthen bones, heal acne, reduce pain, and build immune system improving overall health. 
The best source of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals are through foods we eat. 

1. Apples
Apples are the best source of soluble fiber and antioxidants. Unlike insoluble fiber, soluble fiber helps to prevent sharp swings in blood sugar levels. Apples also have the ability to help lower cholesterol levels. 

2. Apricots
Apricots are packed with carotene which is the plant form of vitamin A. Carotene has been linked to cancer prevention especially lung cancer. Other protective effects of carotene are stomach cancer, bladder, esophagus, and throat. To meet the carotene quota eat three raw fruits or 5 dried apricots a day. In addition, apricots have little or no fat, sodium or cholesterol and contain plenty of potassium which is good for heart health.  

3. Asparagus
One of the most healthy foods with so many protective nutrients and few calories. There are three food-based nutrients that are recognized as being helpful in defending against cancer which is carotene (vitamin A), Vitamin C and the mineral selenium and asparagus is chock-full of all three. Asparagus also benefits the heart with no fat, cholesterol or sodium to speak of, as well as cholesterol-lowering fiber.  

3. Artichokes
Aside from the nutrients artichokes provide the also contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, niacin, and vitamin C. Artichokes are also a great source of magnesium and potassium. Incorporate artichokes into your diet for overall health benefits. 

4.  Bananas
It appears that potassium may play a role in controlling blood pressure and since bananas are number one source of this sought after mineral it's a good choice to add to your diet. In addition, two small bananas provide as much fiber as a slice of whole wheat bread, however, bananas contain soluble fiber which is also beneficial in helping to lower cholesterol. 

5. Barley
Add pearl barley into your diet for a low-fat food that's healthy and beneficial for weight loss.  

6. Dry Beans
Red, white, pink or brown, beans are beneficial for cholesterol and heart health. Just by adding one cup of cooked dry beans into your daily diet has shown a dramatic 19 percent reduction in blood cholesterol. Containing generous amounts of insoluble and soluble fiber, dry beans are useful for promoting digestive health too.  

7. Berries 
If you're watching your weight consider berries. They're an ideal low-calorie sweet that is packed with fiber which helps to absorb fewer calories. The fiber in fruits, along with vegetables, and whole grain bread reduces the absorption of calories from foods making them a highly beneficial addition to weight loss programs. Add raspberries and blackberries when you want to add insoluble fiber a great alternative than bran or whole grain cereals.  

8. Broccoli 
Broccoli is the number one anticancer vegetable. Studies show eating broccoli regularly is linked to lower risk of colon cancer in addition to heart and bone health benefits. 


9. Cabbage/Brussels Sprouts
Both are ultra-nutritious with cancer-preventing effects. High in vitamin C, richer in protein than most vegetables, low sodium and fat, potassium, fiber, vitamin A, riboflavin, and iron. Cabbage rates high on the list for cancer-preventing effects. 

10. Carrots 
Carrots are a great source of carotene. Studies indicate a high intake of carotene lessons the potential of lung cancer, esophagus, stomach, intestine, mouth, throat, bladder, and prostate. Carotene in cooked carrots is better absorbed than raw. 

11. Pineapple
Eating or drinking pineapple juice can help to prevent dehydration. Pineapple also has anti-inflammatory properties that help fight a fever and are packed with essential vitamins and minerals that aid the digestion. A valuable fruit to add to your diet.  

12. Raisins
Studies show foods derived from grapes such as raisins, wine, and other juices have polyphenols which are very effective for maintaining cardiovascular health and lowering blood pressure. 

14. Pears
The dietary fiber called pectin found in pears helps to flush out bad cholesterol making this a great fruit for those with high cholesterol. 

15. Figs 
The fiber in just a handful of dried figs helps to soften bowel movements keeping hemorrhoids from occurring. 

16. Oranges and Juice
One four-ounce glass of orange juice can help combat fatigue with its high content of vitamin C and its ability to combat oxidative stress caused by free radicals. 

17. Potatoes
A medium potato can help to ease a tension headache by increasing the serotonin levels in the body. 

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