We all know the phrase you are what you eat, and as it turns out, this is true! Fuelling your body with healthy foods has shown some evidence of maintaining healthy DNA, so it’s worth choosing your food wisely. In this blog we’re going to look at some of the best foods for helping maintain your health and the specific health benefits of them.
Kale is not only a classic leaf used in soups salads or as a side dish, it’s only really good for you too. Very rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate and manganese and a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin E, panthothenic acid as well as hosting the dietary minerals iron, calcium, potassium and phosphorus, it’s among the best vegetables you can eat for nutrition.
Popeye’s favourite is a classic vegetable used in curries or more traditionally creamed. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese and folate. It is also a good source of riboflavin and vitamin B6, vitamin E, and potassium. It has been linked to health benefits including blood glucose control, lowering the risk of cancer, improving bone health and helps in reducing blood pressure.
Famed for helping you see in the dark (which actually turns out to be an urban myth) carrots are a favourite staple food. It is a rich source of vitamin A, beta-carotene, lutein and vitamin K and dietary fibre. They help to prevent heart disease, reduce risk of cancer and strokes, boost the immune system and help maintain good digestive health.
Beetroot is a well loved root, normally coming in a deep red colour, but also grown in white and golden varieties. The main ingredient of of soups and commonly found boiled and pickled it is a rich source of folate and manganese and has been linked to a host of health benefits. Research has shown that beetroot can help lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, has anti-cancer properties and an help support detoxification.
Mushrooms have a reputation for being magic, but we’re not talking about those type here! Mushrooms are rich in vitamin D (one of the only foods that this is a source of) riboflavin, niacin, copper and selenium, making them a great food for nutrition. They help to boost the immune system, can help prevent cancer and can protect the heart. Not bad for a fungus!