Red Foods: The New Health Powerhouses?
From Strawberries to Beets…. Red fruits and vegetables pack a vibrant nutritional punch.
We’ve all heard the cliche that an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but is the same true for a virtual cornucopia of red foods, including strawberries, cherries, raspberries, watermelon, tomatoes, and beets?
Absolutely!!! There are so many red fruits and vegetables to choose from and each bring something a little different to the nutritional table.
Many red fruits and veggies are loaded with powerful, healthy antioxidants such as Lycopene and Anthocyanins…that may do everything from fight heart disease and prostate cancer to decrease the risk for stroke and macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in people aged 60 and older). Antioxidants soak up damaging free radicals which damage cells.
Here are some you can easily add into your diet:
- Cherries – Rich in antioxidants like anthocyanin…which reduce pain & inflammation. Cherries are also a good source of fiber, potassium and Vitamin A.
- Pomegranate – Rich in polyphenols like Anthocyanins and tannins. Studies have shown pomegranate fruit or juice may help reduce plaque buildup in your arteries and also help reduce blood pressure.
- Beets – Contains a phytochemical called Betanin which is thought to give your immune system a boost. Also chock full of fiber and Vitamin B.
- Chili Peppers – Capsaicin is an antioxidant found in these beauties. It helps protect blood vessels, stimulates your metabolism and stimulates brain function.
- Tomatoes – An amazing source of Vitamin C, potassium, fiber and a touch of Vitamin A. Also rich in lycopene which helps fight skin aging, certain cancers and heart disease.
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