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Five superfoods to make a super you!

A lot of good and healthy food choices are out there, but are you aware of a special category of foods found in nature called superfoods? Calorie thin and nutrient dense, superfoods pack a lot of punch in terms of goodness. In fact, the top five are those which are easily accessible, tasty and easy to incorporate in to many different dishes.

Superfood #1: Nuts. Known for being a superior source of protein, Nuts are also rich in anti-oxidants and the good fats. Always opt for the unsalted variety, you can find multiple uses for peanuts, almonds and walnuts in your daily diet by tossing into a salad or grad a handful a quick snack.

Superfood #2: Quinoa. This grain-like seed is full of anti-oxidants and is a source of all essential amino acids, including lysine, which also makes Quinoa a complete protein. Quinoa is easily prepared much like other grains. It can be cooked up and added to salads, soups and stews for a nutty goodness or enjoyed by itself as a pilaf.

Superfood #3: Beans. The legume family, from dark red kidney beans for chili to chickpeas for salads, can give you a boost of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and potassium; and they are high in fiber as well. Beans are a hearty and versatile food that can be satisfyng enough to use as the basis of a main dish or entree.

Superfood #4: Yogurt. Yogurt is packed full of calcium and other nutrients but it’s the presence of prebiotics and probiotics that make this a superfood. Yogurt is perfect for a quick breakfast or snack and wonderful when mixed with berries into a healthy smoothie drink.

Superfood #5: Salmon. Wild salmon is not only high in vitamins and protein but also Omega-3 fatty acids, which that body cannot produce on its own. Wild salmon is wonderful grilled up with some lemon and served with a side of steamed vegetables or wild rice.

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Red Wine’s Health Benefits

While too much alcohol can be harmful to the body, enjoying the occasional glass of red wine may not be a bad thing. In fact, there have been several studies done to confirm that red wine offers many health benefits.

Heart Healthy? Red wine is packed with antioxidants and resveratrol which have been found to reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease. Even a glass a day can benefit you, but too much of a good thing doesn’t work either, especially alcohol.
Brain Health? Resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, has been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Cancer Fighting?

Cancer Fighting? Studies have shown that drinking 4 or more glasses of red wine a week may reduce a man’s overall risk of prostate cancer by up to 50%. For women, red wine has been shown to lower the risk of breast cancer. That said, moderation is key as 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks per day appears to increase the risk of breast cancer in women. With 1 glass of red wine per day, the antioxidants and resveratrol in red wine can also help protect against lung cancer.

Lower cholesterol? While resvertrol has many healing properties, including lowering LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, red wine also contains saponins which also have cholesterol lowering properties.


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