12 foods with super-healing powers

can foods not only keep you healthy but in fact heal you? according to caring.com’s article 12 foods can:

  1. Kiwi
    • Nutrition and Healing Powers: high in vitamin c, fiber and potassium. protects against heart disease, stroke, cancer and respiratory disease. reduces formation of spontaneous blood clots, lowers LDL cholesterol and reduces blood pressure. studies show it can help prompt damaged cells to repair themselves.
    • Tips: eat 1-2 a day when in season. enzymes activate once you cut the fruit so cut right before eating. the riper the fruit, the greater the antioxidant power
  2. Cherries
    • Nutrition and Healing Powers: low calorie, fights inflammation and cancer, inhibits the growth of tumors, have antiviral and antibacterial properties, lowers uric acid in blood (reducing a common cause of gout), can reduce your risk of colon cancer, reduces inflammation and curbs pain, and may help lower risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Tips: daily serving while they’re in season, freeze cherries to have during the rest of the year – they retain 100% of their nutritional value. buy organic and wash thoroughly. add to smoothies, yogurt and oatmeal.
  3. Guavas
    • Nutrition and Healing Powers: has greater cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. lycopene protects healthy cells from free radicals that can cause damage such as blocked arteries, joint degeneration, nervous system problems and cancer. it is associated with significantly lower rates of prostate cancer, inhibit growth of breast cancer cells and protect against coronary heart disease. packed with vitamin c, potassium, lower LDL and boost HDL cholesterol, reduce triglycerides and lower blood pressure.
    • Tips: eat as often as you can (1-2 a day). opt for the red-fleshed variety if you have a choice as it has more antioxidants than white-fleshed apple guava.
  4. Beans
    • Nutrition and Healing Powers: beans lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and insulin production, promote digestive health, and protect against cancer. packed with fiber, protein, and antioxidants. protect cells from cancerous activity by inhibiting cancer cells from reproducing, slowing tumor growth. consuming beans at least twice a week were 24 percent less likely to develop breast cancer, and multiple studies have tied beans to a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and breast and colon cancers. red beans, red kidney beans, and pinto beans are three of the top four foods by antioxidant capacity. Beans are a great source of dietary fiber, protein, and iron. They also contain tryptophan; foods with high amounts of tryptophan can help regulate your appetite, aid in sleep, and improve your mood
    • Tips: aim for minimum of 2 servings per week. adzuki and mung beans are easily digested; pinto, kidney, navy, garbanzo, lima, and black beans are more difficult to digest
  5. Watercress
    • Nutrition and Healing Powers: practically calorie free. high in calcium, vitamin c, vitamin a, vitamin k multiple antioxidant carotenoids and protective phytochemicals. help protect against cancer and macular degeneration, help build the immune system, and support bone health. the iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen to your body for energy. phytochemicals battle cancer. shown to help prevent lung and esophageal cancer as well as lower risk for other cancers.
    • Tips: eat daily. best when eaten raw – can replace lettuce in sandwich or salad, substitute it instead of basil in pesto, use in juices or smoothie.
  6. Spinach
    • Nutrition and Healing Powers: protects against eye disease and vision loss; it’s good for brain function; it guards against colon, prostate, and breast cancers; it protects against heart disease, stroke, and dementia; it lowers blood pressure; it’s anti-inflammatory; and it’s great for bone health. high amounts of vitamin K, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and iron. helps to kill prostate cancer cells as well as prevents them from multiplying. protect against colon cancer in addition to fighting inflammation, making them key components of brain health, particularly in older adults. loaded with vitamin K which builds strong bones by helping calcium adhere to the bone. rich in lutein, which protects against age-related macular degeneration, and it may help prevent heart attacks by keeping artery walls clear of cholesterol buildup.
    • Tips: eat fresh daily. aim for a few ounces – raw, sauteed or lightly steamed every day. add a handful to your next smoothie – it’ll change the color but not the taste. can be susceptible to pesticide residue so buy organic.
  7. Onions
    • Nutrition and Healing Powers: contain potent cancer-fighting enzymes; onion consumption has been shown to help lower the risk of prostate and esophageal cancers and has also been linked to reduced mortality from coronary heart disease. may help protect against stomach cancer. contain sulfides that help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as a peptide that may help prevent bone loss by inhibiting the loss of calcium and other bone minerals. have super antioxidant power. helps relieve symptoms of allergies and hay fever. Onions also boast high levels of vitamin C, which, along with the quercetin, battles cold and flu symptoms. help fight the pain and swelling associated with osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis. extremely rich in sulfur and they have antibiotic and antiviral properties, which help cleanse the arteries and impede the growth of viruses, yeasts, and other disease-causing agents, which can build up in an imbalanced diet.
    • Tips: ideal to eat one a day. all varieties are extremely good for you, but shallots and yellow onions pack in antioxidant activity. Raw onions provide the best nutrition.
  8. Carrots
    • Nutrition and Healing Powers: great source of the potent antioxidants known as carotenoids which have been tied to a decreased risk in postmenopausal breast cancer as well as cancers of the bladder, cervix, prostate, colon, larynx, and esophagus. have been associated with chronic disease, including heart disease and various cancers. could reduce your risk of lung cancer by half. reduce your risk of kidney and ovarian cancers. nutrients in carrots inhibit cardiovascular disease, stimulate the immune system, promote colon health, and support ear and eye health. contain calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin C, and an incredible amount of vitamin A. can help inhibit tumor growth. contain the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which work together to promote eye health and prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
    • Tips:Eat a serving of carrots each day if you can, and enjoy them year-round. Carrots are good for you whether they’re raw or lightly cooked; cooking helps break down the tough fiber, making some of the nutrients more easily absorbed. For the best nutrition, go for whole carrots that are firm and fresh-looking. Remove carrot tops before storing them in the fridge, as the tops drain moisture from the roots and will cause the carrots to wilt. Buy organic; conventionally grown carrots frequently show high pesticide residues.
  9. Cabbage
    • Nutrition and Healing Powerspowerhouse source of vitamins K and C, good amounts of fiber, and decent scores of manganese, vitamin B6, folate, and more; contains high levels of antioxidant sulforaphanes that not only fight free radicals before they damage DNA but also stimulate enzymes that detoxify carcinogens in the body. numerous studies point to low incidence of lung, colon, breast, ovarian, and bladder cancers; builds strong bones, dampens allergic reactions, reduces inflammation, and promotes gastrointestinal health. natural remedy for healing peptic ulcers due to its high glutamine content. provides significant cardiovascular benefit by preventing plaque formation in the blood vessels.
    • Tips: more cabbage you can include in your diet, the better; outer leaves contain a third more calcium than the inner leaves; both are nutritional stars, but red cabbages are far superior to the white variety, with about seven times more vitamin C and more than four times the polyphenols, which protect cells from oxidative stress and cancer.
  10. Broccoli
    • Nutrition and Healing Powerssingle cup of steamed broccoli provides more than 200 percent of the RDA for vitamin C, nearly as much of vitamin K, and about half of the daily allowance for vitamin A, along with plentiful folate, fiber, sulfur, iron, B vitamins, and a whole host of other important nutrients. its phytochemicals fight cancer by neutralizing carcinogens and accelerating their elimination from the body, in addition to inhibiting tumors caused by chemical carcinogens. studies show it can help prevent lung and esophageal cancers and may play a role in lowering the risk of other cancers, including gastrointestinal cancer. can help protect against prostate, gastric, skin, breast, and cervical cancers.to eat it as regularly as possible. provides fantastic nutrition both in its raw form and when it’s properly cooked. cooking reduces some of broccoli’s anticancer components, but lightly steaming it will preserve most of the nutrients.
  11. Kale
    • Nutrition and Healing Powersis highly nutritious, has powerful antioxidant properties, and is anti-inflammatory. cooked kale contains an astounding high amounts of vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C. also a good source of calcium and iron. it contains high levels of the cancer-fighting compound sulforaphane, which guards against prostate, gastric, skin, and breast cancers by boosting the body’s detoxification enzymes and fighting free radicals in the body. shown to protect against breast, cervical, and colon cancers. The vitamin K in kale promotes blood clotting, protects the heart, and helps build strong bones by anchoring calcium to the bone. has more antioxidant power than spinach, protecting against free-radical damage. extra rich in beta-carotene (containing seven times as much as does broccoli), lutein, and zeaxanthin (ten times the amount in broccoli).
    • Tips: the more kale you can eat, the better. daily serving is ideal. its growing season extends nearly year-round; the only time it’s out of season is summer. steam or sauté kale on its own, or add it to soups and stews. cooking helps tenderize the leaves. also a great addition when it’s blended in fruit smoothies or juiced with other vegetables.
  12. Dandelion
    • Nutrition and Healing Powers: high in vitamin K and vitamin A. its greens are also a good source of vitamin C, calcium, iron, fiber, and potassium. it’s one of the richest sources of vitamin A; among all green vegetables, it’s one of the best sources of beta-carotene. prescribed as a natural treatment for hepatitis C, anemia, and liver detoxification. supports the entire digestive system and increases urine output, helping flush toxins and excess salt from the kidneys. helps prevent the loss of potassium that can occur with pharmaceutical diuretics. promotes digestive health by stimulating bile production, resulting in a gentle laxative effect. Inulin, a naturally occurring soluble fiber in dandelion, further aids digestion by feeding the healthy probiotic bacteria in the intestines; it also increases calcium absorption and has a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels, therefore being useful in treating diabetes. leaves and root are used to treat heartburn and indigestion. the pectin in dandelion relieves constipation and, in combination with vitamin C, reduces cholesterol.  is excellent for reducing edema, bloating, and water retention; it can also help reduce high blood pressure. also contains multiple antidiarrheal and antibacterial properties.
    • Tips: can be difficult to find. use the root in soups or sauté it on its own. if raw leaves are too bitter for you, try them lightly steamed or sautéed.

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read article on Yahoo! Health from Caring.com: 12 Foods With Super-Healing Powers

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