by Stella Moon
Health experts believe that staying in shape and fighting off disease aren’t just about what you eat. In fact, what you eat and how you eat it may have more of an impact than you think. The right combinations can actually supercharge your food. You just have to know what they are.
Apples, especially the golden ones, are high in inflammatory substances. These are actually found mostly on the skin so you need to buy the organic kind to make sure you don’t ingest the pesticides.
The substance is called quercetin and it has been shown to reduce the risk of allergies, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and a variety of cancers. Chocolate, when combined with grapes, red wine, and tea contains catechins.
This is an antioxidant that also lowers the risk of getting atherosclerosis and cancer. All these put together go beyond and above the sum of their already potent features.
They also loosen blood platelets that are clumpy. This improves your cardiovascular health by lowering your chances of a heart attack by as much as 25%.
Eating a combination of fruits provides more benefits than eating just one type. It creates a kind of synergy that is quite impressive. Combining fruits makes different antioxidants work closely together.
Blueberry and grapes, for instance, clock impressive vitamin C counts and a certain cancer-fighting compound. When you eat them together, you double the effects.
Moreover, they reduce the amount of unhealthy cholesterol in your body. Scientists know why foods work together, but it’s going to take years to really figure out the specifics.
There’s also the combination of tomato and avocado that beat DNA damage and heart disease. Tomatoes in themselves are already rich in lycopene. This is a bright red carotenoid substance that is actually hundreds of times more powerful than drinking vitamin E.
This means that it works pretty darn hard to prevent your body from falling apart through the DNA damage that daily life throws your way. Fats help your body absorb carotenoids.
This makes a strong case for adding tomato to the healthy fat-filled avocado. Lycopene your tomato products such as pasta sauce is better absorbed with some fat such as olive oil. So, don’t hesitate to drizzle some of this tasty oil to your sauce.
Moreover, there’s also porridge and orange juice that makes a nutrient-rich meal that jet-washes your arteries clean. These two morning staples form a dynamic duo to fight the much-hated villain in bad cholesterol.
Downing a vitamin C-rich orange juice with a bowl of unprocessed porridge is twice more effective at cleaning your arteries and preventing heart attacks than any other meal eaten alone. The organic compound found in both stabilizes your unhealthy cholesterols when consumed together.
Of course, when you want to remain youthful, you also have to work on your strength and muscle endurance. Iron is vital for getting oxygen to your red blood cells. This then carries it off to your muscles so you can stave off fatigue.
Adding vitamin C in lemon makes the iron in kale much easier for your body to absorb. It actually converts to plant-based iron similar to fish and red meat. Squeeze some citrus to your greens and give them the benefits of a sirloin or tuna steak for a fraction of the cost.