Top 5 superfoods with healing powers



06 Nov 2013 (Health Me Up): These foods have multiple healing effects like fighting cancer, reducing cholesterol levels and guarding against heart diseases. Intrigued? Let’s take a look...


Kiwis: These tiny packs of goodness have high levels of Vitamin C. Rich in potassium, kiwis have more fiber in them when compared to apples and bananas. Because of phytonutrients present in them, they are extremely good for people who have heart disease, cancer or any respiratory disease. They have natural blood-thinning properties, which further help in lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure in the body. It is always best to eat the kiwis as soon as you cut them as they contain enzymes that lose certain properties once exposed to air. Aim to eat one to two kiwis a day.


Cherries: Cherries are packed with antioxidant value and vitamins. They are slightly high on natural sugar content, but they’re still very low-carb and are an excellent source of important fiber. Cherries are amazing with feta and greens. With a glycemic index of just 22, one should go for a daily serving of cherries, when they are in season locally.


Beans: Other than fiber, beans are also rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. They have low glycemic index levels, which helps in regulating blood sugar levels and insulin production. They are low in energy-density levels i.e. they provide sustained energy, maximizing health benefits. Also, known as miracle foods, beans deliver a high amount of antioxidants to the body. Enriched with potassium, magnesium, vitamin B1 and B2, and vitamin K, they are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. One should go for a minimum of two servings of beans on a weekly basis.


Spinach: Spinach is a rich source of fibre, Viamin A and C along with folic acid. Spinach is a great food source for dealing with bowel moments such as constipation because of its fibre properties. It is also fantastic for keeping your eyes and digestive tract healthy. Apart from this, it is known to protect against heart diseases, eye diseases, prostate and breast cancers, because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Not to forget, it is loaded with Vitamin K, which helps in building strong bones. You must consume 400 grams of spinach once every couple of weeks.


Carrots: Carrots, rich in antioxidants, make for an excellent Vitamin A dose. They are known to improve vision and aid in maintaining normal blood pressure too. Rich in carotenoids, carrots have been known to reduce the risk of eye diseases and postmenopausal breast cancer. You should aim at eating one carrot per day, because it helps in stimulating the immune system by promoting colon health, and supports ear and eye health. Carrots are good for consumption when they are eaten in their raw or lightly cooked state. Also, make sure to go for organic, traditionally grown carrots.



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