Thursday, April 16, 2009

Second string superfoods

New research has found that some other foods work even better at keeping you healthy than the old standbys!

Guava for younger skin: You've heard tomatoes have lycopene, a nutrient that shields skin from sun damage- but surprisingly, this tropical fruit has more of it than any other fruit or vegetable. It also has 63% more potassium than a banana. Luckily, the cut-up canned version-found in most grocery stores-contains even more antioxidants than fresh!

Walnuts for a happy mood: If you don't like fish, try the good old walnut: a quarter cup contains a full amount of omega-3s recommended to stave off depression. These fatty acids affect the brain area linked to emotion resulting in a happier mood, brighter outlook and greater optimism.

Blueberries to fight UTIs: Sure you've heard that cranberry juice can help prevent a urinary tract infection, but a handful of blueberries will work the same wonders. And, unlike cranberries, they're also proven to boost memory and protect against brain diseases like Alzheimer's.

Sesame Seeds for strong bones: If you don't drink dairy, you don't have to worry about not getting calcium: just one large handful of sesame seeds provided 325 mg of the bone building nutrient-that's even more that in an 8 oz glass of milk. Plus it's proven to reduce swelling and inflammation of arthritis. You can even just sprinkle them over cooked veggies or stews.

Kiwi to fight colds: You probably try and drink OJ when you're coming down with a cold, but research shows you should be enjoying kiwi instead! Ounce for ounce, this tropical fruit has more immunity-boosting vitamin C than any other fruit (2x as much as a large orange). An added bonus is that kiwi is also packed with vitamin E, proven to keep skin smooth and free of wrinkles.

HT: Woman's World Magazine

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