Eating healthy doesn't have to be doing away with your favorite foods, just limiting them and eating more healthy options. It's no surprise that vegetables and fruits are better than donuts and pizza, but which vegetables and fruits pack the MOST nutritional value?
Below is a list of some of the most nutritious foods you need to add to your diet to fight aging and stay healthy.
Beets. Grown in the ground and blood red, this is an often forgotten food. It is rich in fiber and beets contain an amino acid called betaine that can actually help lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of inflammation, and help prevent and reduce the accumulation of fat in the liver.
Asparagus not only boosts heart health, thanks to its vitamin K (which prevents blood clots), but this succulent vegetable also contains a special antioxidant called glutathione that’s believed to help slow down the aging process. What’s more, the veggie’s other key vitamins, B9 and B12, may help ward off cognitive decline. Indeed, a study from Tufts University found that older adults with higher levels of folate and B12 — which is harder to absorb as you age — performed better on cognitive tests than those with lower levels. If that weren’t enough, asparagus is also rich in lycopene, which has been found to protect the prostate and help lower the risk of prostate cancer.
Carrots aren't just good for your eyes. They are packed with beta-carotene which the body converts into vitamin A. Carrots are good for your skin and hair and the Vitamin A boosts your immune system. They are also a great source of fiber too.
This one food shouldn't be much a problem. Sweet and succulent the strawberry is an excellent source of vitamin C, which is thought to help lower cancer risk. In addition, the alpha hydroxy acid in strawberries helps get rid of dead skin cells, making skin look more youthful. Strawberries also are high in fiber and help balance blood sugar, and the polyphenols they contain is known to boost immunity and healthy cell revival.
Radishes don’t generally spring to mind when one thinks about healthy superfoods in the same way as kale might. But this root vegetable has a lot to brag about. Acting as a major detoxifier, it contains a long list of healthy nutrients — everything from folate to copper to potassium to magnesium. Studies have shown that radishes fight cancer while getting rid of all those nasty toxins in the liver.
If you aren't already eating these tasty, healthy foods, you should be adding them to your diet right away!