Thursday, April 8, 2010
Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar has compiled a listing of 15 Super Foods that you should try and incorporate into your diet.
1. Whole Grains: Quinoa, Amaranth, Brown Rice, Barley, Oats
2. Mixed Beans & Legumes: Mung, Black, Kidney Beans
3. Oils: EV Olive, Coconut, Sesame, Ghee
4. Leafy Greens: Spinach, Leeks, Kale, Cilantro, Collard Greens
5. Cruciferous Vegetables: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage
6. Lean Meat: Fish, Salmon, Turkey
7. Root Vegetables: Carrots, Sweet Potato
8. Colorful Fruits: Mango, Kiwi, Cantaloupe, Orange,
Pomegranate, Avocado, Dark Grapes, Papaya, Apples
9. Colorful Veggies: Red & Orange Pepper, Tomato, Artichoke,
Green Chili, Bokchoy, Squash, Zucchini
10. Spices: Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Cumin
11. Mixed Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, pecans, brazil nut, pine nut
12. Dairy Products: Low Fat Milk, Low Fat Yogurt, Ghee
13. Mixed Berries: Blue, black, cran, rasp & strawberries
14. Seeds: Flax, Sesame, Pumpkin, Sunflower seeds
15. Sweeteners: Maple Syrup, Honey, Jaggery, Sucanat
We will be featuring foods from each category and explaining their healing properties. Today we will begin with broccoli:
Recent research indicates that Broccoli contains a substance
called Sulforaphane that has been shown in animal studies to
dramatically reduce the number, size, and reproduction of
malignant tumors, as well as delay the onset of these tumors.
This appears to relate directly to cancer risk in humans,
particularly in breast, stomach, colon, rectal, and lung cancers,
and it is believed to be a powerful preventative for these
diseases. It is also rich in fiber, carotenoids, and vitamin A,
vitamin C and vitamin K, (which is a known stomach and colon
Due to it's high levels of vitamin C, beta carotene, and fiber, Broccoli is a powerful antioxidant that is believed to prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals, which are believed to be a factor in cancers, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, arthritis, and in the aging process itself, suggesting that a diet high in these substances may prevent or at least minimize the effects of these diseases.
Broccoli is a powerful anti‐carcinogen, since it stimulates the body to produce its own cancerfighting substances. But broccoli doesn't stop there; it can also help prevent cataracts, heart disease, arthritis, ulcers, and viruses. The best way to prepare and eat broccoli is to steam it or eat it raw.
Oh yeah, and by the way you can find Broccoli in your local super market or even better in your local farmer's market at a very good and inexpensive price!
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