Whether shopping in a grocery store or eating at a restaurant, it is difficult to know how to eat properly and where to spend our money wisely. Some foods seem too much to buy every week or too rare to find. For those of us who are managing our food-budget and want to eat healthier, here are five, for improving nutrition and increasing daily health.
The Acai berry is a reddish-purplish fruit native to Central and South America. This “beauty berry” is classified as a super-fruit because it is loaded with a high amount of antioxidants. These antioxidants strengthen our immune systems by preventing and reducing cell damage caused by free radicals.
Acai gets its color from an antioxidant called anthocyanin, one class of a flavonoid compound. This substance has been shown to reduce the aging process, the risks of heart disease, and stresses. Acai is small and round, but it contains 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and is one of the most nutritional foods around.
Bananas, those yellow fruits chewed on by hooting monkeys in the jungle, are beneficial for humans too. They contain a high amount of potassium, which helps with digestion, low blood pressure, and muscular movement. Bananas have tryptophan, an amino acid that acts as a building block for proteins.
Tryptophan in the body makes 5-HTP, which later is manufactured into serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for the regulation of mood and sleep. Bananas have the vitamins, B6 and B12, which improve nerve function and help smokers reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
Without eating the skin and bone, the chicken breast has many health benefits. For example, this food contains the mineral, selenium, and the B vitamin, niacin. These work to protect the immune system, repair damaged cells while lessening the risk of cancer. In addition, the chicken breast is high in protein, which has been shown to reduce bone loss in older people, burn fat and build muscle mass. The B6 and niacin sources convert the body’s fats and proteins into usable energy while improving cardiovascular functioning.
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Strawberries are full of antioxidants such as ellagic acid, quercetin, chlorogenic acid, and vitamin C. These work in reducing the chance of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and cognitive decline. In fact, one antioxidant and pigment, anthocyanin, is abundant in strawberries, which gives them a red color. Strawberries have vitamin K, magnesium and potassium, which helps in maintaining bone health. These plump aggregate fruits are cholesterol and fat-free, while at the same time, low in calories.
Blueberries have the most antioxidants out of any common fruit. Eating this indigo-colored (because of the pigment, anthocyanin) berry strengthens the immune system and reduces the chances for muscle degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, memory loss and urinary tract infection. Blueberries and strawberries stimulate the making of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure (the reward system in the brain) and with motivation.