We all know that eating a balanced diet is important for good health. There are “Super Foods” that can easily be added to your diet that promote kidney health as well.
The foods in this group contain antioxidants…. Flavonoids, Lycopene and Vitamins C, E and Beta-Carotene. Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that bounce wildly around inside your body, damaging proteins, genes and cell membranes. Free radicals are believed to contribute to aging and many chronic diseases including cancer and heart disease.
Here are a few Kidney-Friendly Super Foods:
Red Bell Peppers – Red bell peppers are low in potassium and have a generous portion of vitamins A, C, B6, folic acid and fiber. They also contain Lycopene which can protect against certain types of cancer.
Cabbage – Crunchy cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable filled with phytochemicals. Phytochemicals work to break down free radicals. Many phytochemicals are believed to combat cancer and support cardiovascular health.
Cauliflower – Packed with vitamin C along with folate and fiber. It also contains compounds that help your liver neutralize toxic substances.
Garlic – Garlic works at reducing inflammation and lowering cholesterol. It also has antioxidant and anti-clotting properties. Cooking garlic will not affect its antioxidant properties, but it will reduce its anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Onion – Onion is full of flavonoids, particularly quercetin. Flavonoids are natural chemicals that prevent the deposit of fatty material in blood vessels. Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant that is believed to help reduce heart disease and protect against many forms of cancer. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Low in potassium, onions also contain chromium, a mineral that assists your body with the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
Apples – High in fiber and anti inflammatory properties… apples help reduce cholesterol, prevent constipation, protect against heart disease and decrease your risk of cancer.
Cranberries – Cranberries are great for preventing urinary tract infections. They make urine more acidic and help keep bacteria from attaching to the inside of the bladder.
Raspberries – Raspberries contain ellagic acid which helps neutralize free radicals. The berry’s red color comes from antioxidants called anthocyanin. Raspberries are packed with fiber, vitamin C and manganese. They also have plenty of folate which is a B vitamin.
Red Grapes – The color in red grapes comes from several flavonoids. Flavonoids are great for heart health. They prevent oxidation and reduce the chance of blood clots. Resveratrol, a flavonoid in grapes, may boost production of nitric oxide which encourages muscle relaxation in blood vessels for better blood flow. Flavonoids also help protect you from cancer and prevent inflammation.
Fish – A great source of protein, fish also contains anti inflammatory fats called Omega-3s. These healthy fats help prevent diseases like cancer and heart disease. They also help lower LDL (the bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (the good cholesterol).
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