Educate yourself with regard to which foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fats and antioxidants that aid in the prevention of diseases through natural means.
Broccoli has an unusually strong combination of vitamins C, A (in the form of beta-carotene) and K. Broccoli has cholesterol-lowering benefits if it is cooked by steaming. It lowers the risk of developing certain cancers, such as prostate cancer. It is also useful in the treatment of peptic ulcers.
Carrots contain beta-carotene. Beta carotene is converted in the body to vitamin A. It is an antioxidant. Eating carrots reduces the incidence of cancer and may even reverse symptoms. Carrots are also beneficial for the heart, circulation, eye sight, skin and lungs.
Tomatoes and tomato products containing lycopene have been shown to be associated with a decreased risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, particularly prostate cancer, and cardiovascular disease. The lycopene in tomatoes has been found to be the key antioxidant guarding against age-related maculadegeneration. Tomatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and potassium.
Blueberries as well as other fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables contain antioxidents which we know as Vitamins C and E. Blueberries have been found to provide more antioxidants than any other fruits or vegetables. Click here to read my article on the benefits of blueberries.
Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium and antioxidants. They have significantly higher amounts of omega 3 fatty acids (the good fats) than any other nuts. They have been shown to lower our LDL cholesterol and to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Salmon is rich in Omega-3 which is beneficial for cardiovascular health. Omega-3 and the trace mineral selenium, also present in salmon, defend against colon, prostate and breast cancer. Omega-3 can lower triglyceride levels and can help stabilize blood sugar. Salmon aids in controlling high blood pressure. It also contains calcium, magnesium, protein and B vitamins.
Watermelon contains high concentrations of the antioxidant lycopene. It is fat free, low in calories and is considered an ideal diet food. Watermelon is in reality a vegetable and is part of the cucumber and squash family. It is rich in potassium which helps to control blood pressure, regulate heart beat and possibly prevent strokes. It may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.