Category Archives: Antioxidant

Eat Salads for the Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

saladsEat Salads for the Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
Many experts agree that Americans need to eat more fruits and vegetables (especially dark green and orange vegetables) and legumes — all popular salad ingredients; nutrient-rich plant foods contribute to overall health. If you frequently eat green salads, you’ll likely have higher blood levels of a host of powerful antioxidants (vitamin C and E, folic acid, lycopene, and alpha- and beta-carotene,) especially if your salad includes some raw vegetables. Antioxidants are substances that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.

Only 25 Calories in a Cup of Cauliflower

 

Only 25 Calories in a Cup of Cauliflower

cauliflowerCauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, cousin to broccoli. It is rich in antioxidants and nutrient filled. Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese.
Cauliflower contains sulforaphane which may aid cancer patients. Reports show it kills cancer stem cells and slows tumor growth.
With only 25 calories in a cup, there is every reason to add this to your menu!

Lower Blood Pressure with Beetroot Juice

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Beet juice is high in nitrates which the body converts to nitric oxide. In 1998, the Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded for discovering the importance of Nitric Oxcide for cardiovascular health. Studies show elevated levels of nitric oxide can improve cardiovascular health and protect blood vessels from vascular aging . It can also increase athletic endurance and performance.

Beets are rich in vitamin C and also contain folate, potassium, fiber and antioxidants.

Beet juice can help lower blood pressure and improve stamina. One to two cups of beetroot juice a day have been shown to have a significant effect for lowering blood pressure. You may want to begin with a quarter cup and work up to a higher dosage. You can purchase beet juice in the organic section of many supermarket or make it in your juicer. Be prepared that the color of your stool may turn red.