If you are compensating for nutritional deficiencies through vitamin supplements, you may not actually be getting what you really need. Recent studies seem to indicate that multivitamins and specific mineral regimens are not as effective as originally thought.
If you think about it, why pay hundreds of dollars for expensive pills and powders when you can get everything you need from your grocery store in the first place? The more these foods are studied, the more their magical properties become apparent.
Even more amazing is that they seem to have benefits that go far beyond the original categories of “vitamins” and “minerals”, as they are phytonutrients, antioxidants, and other components that cannot be effectively encapsulated. Eat these foods, and you’ll find yourself feeling better and healthier in weeks.
Tomatoes have proven immune boosting capabilities. Tomatoes are full of vitamins, and they also have significant amounts of lycopene which can protect against degenerative diseases and various forms of cancer. Tomatoes’ primary strength is their ubiquity. They can literally be included in almost any dish as a paste, sliced, or even in cherry form (and you can never eat too much).
Some people think of figs as the precursors to prunes whilst others are unsure as to what they are entirely. Yet if you are looking to eat healthy, figs are a great place to start. They’re absolutely filled with manganese, potassium, and antioxidants.
Additionally, they aid in regulating your body’s PH levels thus making it more difficult for pathogens to enter. Their fiber content helps keep you feel full and regulate your blood sugar levels. When perusing the grocery aisles, look for the ones with darker skins as they are generally more nutrient dense.
This may come as a surprising choice because mushrooms are neither fruit nor vegetables but rather a fungus. Yet even with this classification, they nonetheless manage to be extremely full of antioxidants; particularly the kind that protect against irregular cell growth, i.e. cancer. Various types have various properties, but you’ll be hard pressed to find an unhealthy (edible) mushroom.
Few foods have been as historically revered as the pomegranate (even the Bible sings its praises). As it turns out, this has been for good reason. Pomegranates are packed with antioxidants (polyphenols primarily) and vitamins and can be consumed in a variety of ways.
A study conducted at UCLA found that pomegranate juice can reduce the growth rate of prostate cancer cells by a factor of over five. Eat the seeds from a fresh pomegranate or drink the juice (make sure it is somewhat fresh)l you can’t go wrong either way.
This South American grain has only recently gained fame in the United States, thanks to the rave reviews of a few dozen health experts. What makes it amazing is that it is one of the only grains in the world to contain full branch chain amino acids. It is higher in protein and lower in fat than most other grains, and should be an absolute staple of any vegetarian diet. Even if meat or poultry is your primary protein source, replacing buckwheat or other grains with Quinoa will help you tremendously.