March is national nutrition month, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Nutrition is a huge part of a healthy lifestyle. The majority of health issues today stem from food. 

“We are what we eat.”

It’s true. Food is our medicine! Instead of thinking about what we shouldn’t eat, we should think about we should eat, and why. 

One group of foods,  superfoods, should wear a cape because of all the potential they have for our bodies. Superfoods are packed with vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting nutrients. Stock up on superfoods next time you’re at the store.

Apples

Have high cholesterol or high blood pressure? An apple a day really will keep the doctor away. These delicious superfoods have soluble fiber (pectin) which lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, decreases the risk of colon and breast cancers, and can reduce symptoms of diabetes. 

Beets

These root vegetables are packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C from their tops to their bottoms. They protect against cancer and heart disease and help with inflammation. 

Cranberries

Cranberries pack a huge health punch in a tiny form. Outside of their power to protect against urinary tract infections and ulcers, they also contain a surplus of the phytonutrients that offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. Researchers are taking a closer look at this amazing berry and what it has to offer, especially in the fights against colon, breast, lung and prostate cancers. Cranberries are also a great source of vitamins C, E, and K; fiber; manganese; and copper. 

Pumpkins

Pumpkins are not just for pie anymore! This versatile squash is full of fiber and packed with beta-carotene, which turns to Vitamin A in the body and can reduce the risk of lung cancer. The combination of Vitamin A and potassium can prevent high blood pressure. 

Spinach

Popeye knew what was up. This leafy green isn’t just good for the muscles, it’s also good for the brain. Researchers have found spinach reduces the deterioration of brain function as we age.  It also helps prevent cardiovascular disease and a variety of cancers, including ovarian, breast and colon. 

Turkey

Turkey contains high amounts of niacin and Vitamin B6, key factors in energy production and regulating blood sugar. A 4-ounce portion also contains selenium, a trace mineral, that aids your immune system and gives antioxidant protection. 

As you celebrate National Nutrition Month this March, try some of these superfoods.  And keep adding more through the rest of the year, not just during March. Superfoods are more impactful when ingested regularly. 

Interested in starting a nutrition plan that includes superfoods? Contact us today. We’ll get you started off on the right track.

Reference:
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20662664,00.html