Tuesday, 16 September 2014

AUTUMN SUPERFOODS


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Autumn is that time of year when we suffer from colds and viruses so its important to eat healthy. Super foods that contain antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals in a high abundance and have a significant benefit to your health.  There are some super foods in season that will be just perfect for you at this time of year.

Apples
full of vitamin C, potassium and quercetin apples protect against heart disease and provide anti inflammatory benefits.

Beetroot
This vegetable is full of iron, folic acid, potassium and antioxidants making beetroot good for the heart and kidneys.  Nitrates present in the vegetables are high in nitrates which reduce blood pressure.

Blueberries
These are full of antioxidants protecting against arthritis, Alzheimer's, heart disease and some cancers. The flavonoids and polyphenols in blueberries improve our brain power and keep our skin looking good. 

Butternut squash
High in vitamins A and C, omega 3 and beta carotene butternut squash are great for our immune system, skin and eyes. 

Mackerel
Oily fish is rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and phosphorous, which aids kidney function, cell production and helps keep bone and teeth health.  It is recommended that you should eat at least one portion of oily fish each week.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms are the only vegetable to contain vitamin D which is needed to absorb calcium and make strong bones as well as vitamin B essential for healthy nervous system.  They contain selenium which is an anti-cancer oxidant. 

Mussels
Mussels contain iron and are rich in protein, selenium, zinc.  This means they are great to help build up the immune systems. and good for our hearts and brains.  They are also high in omega-3 fatty acids they also reduce inflammatory condition such as arthritis.

Kale
Green leafy vegetables are high in iron, calcium and magnesium which help to ward off germs.   They are also a good source of fibre which is important as a healthy digestive tract is important as two thirds of our immune system is located in the gut.  

Red cabbage
This vegetable provides plenty of vitamins A, C and K and calcium.  Purple vegetables are so coloured because they have natural pigments called anthocyanins, which protects the immune system and guard against some cancer and dementia. 

Runner beans
Runner beans are high in antioxidant vitamins A and C and vitamin K. and are high in fibre, foliate, magnesium and potassium.  Beans are good for the heart as well as boosting the cardiovascular system.

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