Healthy Super Foods

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Amy McGorry from Prevention Magazine describes how certain healing super foods can help you feel more upbeat, look leaner, and sharpen your mind.

    Amy McGorry: If you want to feel more upbeat, look leaner and sharpen your mind, your menu may just be your best medicine. But what exactly should you be eating? Here are some great delicious and healthy options.

    Bananas are an excellent way to fuel your body before or after your workout. They contain natural sugars for sustained energy, plus a satisfying amount of fiber. They are rich in vitamin B6 and are good source of potassium helping to enhance alertness, prevent muscle fatigue and control high blood pressure.

    Oatmeal is more than a smart breakfast choice; it may also help you sleep. Research shows that eating a small carb based food about an hour before bed, can raise levels of tryptophan.

    This chemical helps your brain produce serotonin which in turn triggers your body's productions of melatonin helping to eliminate your insomnia. To keep your mind sharp, cook with extra virgin olive oil. People who follow a diet routine extra virgin olive oil are 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer's, possibly because the oil's polyphenols protect brain cells from free radicals that lead to memory loss. It's also been shown to fight cancer and heart disease.

    Strawberries may help fight cancer. They contain ingredient that may halt the growth of cancer cells, while diminishing the tumor's blood supply. Strawberries are also rich in vitamin C, which research shows help stimulate the production of white blood cells. One cup offers almost 150% of your daily value of C.

    These delicious berries can also boost brain health and control your blood sugar. So stock your kitchen with some of these healing super foods, and your pantry will be as useful as your medicine cabinet.