Superfoods that sharpen your mind and body

By: Health Local Staff Apr 09, 2014
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Super foods that sharpen your mind and body

Below are healing superfoods that provide healthful benefits for all who consume them.

Want to feel fit and healthy, sharpen your mind and focus, and look younger and better? Everybody does. Sometimes the best medicine is right in front of your face, or your mouth. Below are healing superfoods that provide healthful benefits for all who consume them.

Energy Foods

Bran
A daily dose of bran decreases fatigue and supplies energy to the body. If you are feeling drained, eat a bowl of bran cereal and watch your energy restore. Bran is also great for improving heart health and keeping the blood sugar levels under control.

Oysters
Oysters are one of the best suppliers of iron to the diet. Iron carries oxygen to the body through the bloodstream and offers a heavy does of energy to all who consume it. Oysters added benefits are brain health and depression fighters.

Lean Chicken Breast
Protein rich foods make a person more alert and less likely to feel fatigue, especially in the hours following lunch. Chicken is high in protein and a great food option for lunch. Chicken also contributes to muscle growth.

Barley
Barley is rich in beta-glucan, which is great for energy restoration and increasing fiber in the diet. Barley is also beneficial for heart health and keeps the cholesterol levels low.

Mood Lifters

Lentils
People with depression usually have lower levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Research shows that people who suffer from depression also have insufficient doses of folate in the blood. Lentils are rich in folate and also promote healthy digestion. They are known as a superfood.

Barramundi
A fish that gets little notoriety and stays in the shadow of it salmon counterpart is barramundi. The fish is rich in omega-3 fats and oils, which fights fatigue, stimulates muscle growth, and combats depression-like symptoms.

Bone Health

Bok Choy
Leafy greens, such as bok choy are rich in calcium. Bok choy is low in oxalates, which promotes calcium absorption. It also wards off weight gain, PMS symptoms, and depression.

Fat Free Milk
For stronger bones, calcium and vitamin D are a must. Milk does a body good by supplying the important nutrients that promote bone health and a sturdy frame. Muscle growth is also promoted by low-fat milk consumption.

Menopause Management

Baby Spinach
According to research, being overweight causes heavier menopausal symptoms. More pounds equal more hot flashes. In order to keep the symptoms at bay, regular consumption of baby spinach helps. Baby spinach also promotes bone health and wards against cancer.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a special fat that boosts the metabolism and prevents weight gain. It eliminates extra pounds that lead to more severe menopausal symptoms. Coconut oil also rehydrates the skin and scalp.

Heart Health

Apples
Eating an apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Apples are rich in fiber and promote a healthy digestion while keeping the cholesterol low and blood clean of free radicals.

Lemons and Limes
Citrus is rich in an important plant chemical that improves the flow of blood to the heart, known as hesperidin. The chemical, combined with vitamin C, is a protector against heart attack and stroke.

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