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Super Foods: Fruits and Veggies with Healing

 

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Guavas

Healing powers: These weird shaped fruits may be hard to find, but totally worth it if you can stumble across some. Lycopene is a cancer fighting antioxidant and guavas contain more than any other fruit or vegetable, 20% more than tomatoes alone! Consumption of lycopene definitely has healing powers – men who have consumed it have a lower shot at prostate cancer and for the women, it inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells. Another benefit of guavas over tomatoes is that tomatoes need to be cooked to reap the antioxidant benefits whereas guavas exude antioxidants raw or cooked! Lycopene also keeps cells healthy from damage and blocked arteries which ultimately aids in preventing coronary heart disease. In other heart news, the nutrients found in guavas have been shown to lower LDL and boost HDL cholesterol, reduce triglycerides, and lower blood pressure.

Serving information: If you can eat one or two guavas a day, you’re on the right track. They’re harder to come by and most guava juice is processed, thus removing some of the nutritional value. While all guavas are good for you, think red. Red-fleshed guavas contain more antioxidants than their white counterparts.

Beans

Healing powers: Beans, beans, the magical fruit… Their magical healing powers include lowering cholesterol, regulating blood sugar and insulin production, promoting digestive health, and protecting against cancer. Beans offer fiber, protein and antioxidants in one fell swoop! Women who consume beans twice or more a week, according to Harvard’s School of Public Health, are less likely to develop breast cancer.

Additional studies have proven beans also reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer. Beans also contain amino acids and tryptophan which help regulate your appetite, aid in sleep, and improve your mood. In Chinese medicine, beans have been used to treat alcoholism, food poisoning, edema (in the legs), high blood pressure, diarrhea, laryngitis, kidney stones, rheumatism, and so much more.

Serving information: Shoot for a serving or two a week. For the record, adzuki and mung beans are among the most easily digested; pinto, kidney, navy, garbanzo, lima, and black beans are more difficult to digest.

Spinach

Healing powers: Popeye had it right all along. Spinach is great for you! Not only does it help prevent vision loss and increase brain function, it, like the other super foods, helps guard against colon, breast and prostate cancer. A carotenoid found in spinach kills prostate cancer cells and prevents them from multiplying. Folate promotes vascular health by lowering homocysteine, an amino acid that, at high levels, raises the risk of dementia and cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke. Folate has also been shown to reduce the risk of developing colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancers and to help stop uncontrolled cell growth. raises the risk of dementia and cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke. Folate has also been shown to reduce the risk of developing colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancers and to help stop uncontrolled cell growth.

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