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Archive for December, 2010

Power Foods For Seniors

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Have you ever wondered the value behind what you’re eating? Your daily diet is important. A healthy diet can improve your mood, your energy levels, your state of mind and the overall feeling in your body.
Have a look at these power foods and consider adding them to your diet!

KIWI: Small but mighty! Kiwi is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and fiber. If you can believe it, a kiwi’s vitamin C content is twice that of an orange!

APPLE: Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? Although apples have low vitamin C content, they have antioxidants and flavonoids that enhance the activity of vitamin C. This helps to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attacks and strokes.

STRAWBERRY: Strawberries are a protective fruit. They have the highest total antioxidant power of major fruits and they protect the body from cancer causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE: The sweetest medicine. Eating 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower your cholesterol, prevent and dissolve kidney stones, and even lessen the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Your cool thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, watermelon is packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps to boost your immune system. Watermelon is also a key source of lycopene — the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C and Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Vitamin C powerhouses! These fruits are the clear winners when it comes to high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, which is good for your eyes.

CRANBERRIES: These have anti-aging benefits with their powerful antioxidants. Cranberry juice is associated with preventing urinary tract infections, gum disease and stomach ulcers.

DRIED FRUIT: High in vitamin C and anti-oxidants.
Raisins – fiber, iron, potassium, calcium
Apricots – vitamins A, C, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium
Dates – vitamins A, B, iron, fiber, niacin, potassium, calcium
Prunes – vitamin A, fiber, potassium, copper

GINGER: Calms nausea and aids digestion, reduces inflammation, and lowers bad cholesterol.

NUTS: Nuts contain fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin E, and selenium. They also contain the good fats, Omega 3, which help to lower the bad cholesterol. What are the best nuts? Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans, Brazil Nuts and Cedar Nuts.

PLUMS, PEACHES, PRUNES AND NECTARINES: These are your true super fruits. They are full of anti-oxidants and phytochemicals to protect your eyes and blood vessels.

CHOCOLATE: Who would have thought that chocolate would be on the list? Believe it or not, good quality, dark chocolate contains mood-boosting endorphins.

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