/EINPresswire.com/ Many of the nutrients that are in these power foods can be found in supplements but they may not have the same benefits. Eating food is much more beneficial because of its complexity.

Food is often underestimated as an important component for weight loss and to improve health. The question has been asked if eating the right foods can actually help to speed up weight loss and prevent disease. In recent years there’s been a ton of research on the topic and researchers have identified natural chemicals contained in foods that may improve health. These “magic ingredients” are not only the vitamins and minerals in the food but compounds such as phytochemicals.

The following list of foods was compiled based on the research by leading Scientists on the impact of foods on health, disease, and weight loss.

1- Garlic

Although garlic is not a cure-all, it has a profound impact on health and well being. The funny thing about garlic is that the bad smell it causes to breath is the same element that makes it so beneficial. The odor comes from allyl sulfides which are sulfur-based compounds. The research has shown that the allyl sulfides in garlic may help to improve heart health and reduce cholesterol. Cooking garlic for too long can minimize or even destroy the beneficial substances it contains. Garlic should be smashed or minced.

2- Green Tea

Green tea is an incredible antioxidant and is 110 times more powerful than vitamin C. Green tea catechins are said to inhibit new blood vessels, which is believed to help prevent cancer. Catechins may also help to protect DNA from damage that can be caused by carcinogens. In China green tea is drank daily and is said to lower the risk of stomach and liver cancer. Another benefit of green tea is against cavities. Using green tea as mouthwash can prevent the bacteria that leads to cavities.

3- Tomatoes

Lycopene, which is a very strong antioxidant is found in tomatoes and is known for it’s positive affect on free radicals. Cooked tomatoes such as in sauces, soups and ketchup have been said to help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

4- Spinach

Spinach contains an incredible B vitamin (folate) which lowers homocysteine in the blood. High homocysteine levels in the blood are said to be a major cause of heart disease. Spinach also contains lutein and zeaxanthin that protect against macular degeneraton, which is a leading cause of blindness.

5- Salmon

Omega-3 fatty acid is found in salmon and helps heart health. It helps protect the arterial wall from plaque and also lowers bad cholesterol. The research has shown the omega 3s also may prohibit inflamation specifically linked to autoimmune diseases like lupus and rhematoid arthritis. Further, omega 3s helps to protect the brain from diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Many of the nutrients that are in these power foods can be found in supplements but they may not have the same benefits. Eating food is much more beneficial because of its complexity. It is also important to get the nutrients in certain combinations in order to get certain health benefits. An interesting thing about natural foods is that the things that make them good for us are the same things that give them their color. This is why experts suggests eating a rainbow of colors.

“Taste the rainbow”….naturally!

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