Eat your way to health and beauty
Antioxidants are said to neutralise damage
caused by free radicals in the body and can
help prevent diseases, reduce blood pressure
and slow down the effects of ageing. Fruits,
vegetables and grains are rich sources of
so include them in your diet to give
your overall health and skin a boost.
The pigments that give various berries their
blue and red hues are good for your health.
Berries contain minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals
and flavonoids that may help prevent
some forms of cancer and heart disease.
Like other cruciferous vegetables such as
cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli contains
beta carotene, a carotenoid, and the phytonutrient
sulforaphane and indoles, which have
Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene,
which research has shown to help protect
cells. Lycopene Is reportedly able to prevent
heart disease and some cancers. Vitamins C.
A, niacin and potassium are also present in
Carrots are rich in beta carotene, vitamins
C, D, E, potassium, calcium, magnesium and
other minerals. Some of the known phytonutrients
in carrots are lutein, lycopene and
zeaxanthin. Lutein is believed to prevent age-related
Garlic is packed with antioxidants and
compounds that can help fend off cancer and
heart disease. Studies have shown that garlic
also helps in lowering cholesterol levels,
reducing blood pressure and keeping blood
Vitamin E, selenium and phytic acid found
in whole grains have antioxidant effects.
Eating more whole grains could lower the
risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and
Green tea contains catechin polyphenols,
an antioxidant that seems able to inhibit the
growth of cancer cells, lower cholesterol levels
and prevent heart disease.