Salmon- A rich source of Omega 3s to counteract inflammation, protect against cardiovascular disease and support optimal mental health.
Garlic & Onions- Contains Allicin, a sulfur-containing compound, which possesses anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties to fight inflammation and infection from common causes such as colds, flu, candida yeast, and stomach viruses.
Olive Oil- A good source of antioxidants, monosaturated fats to help lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, and the anti-inflammatory agent, Oleocanthal, which has been proven to be as effective as ibuprofen.
Flaxseed- Recognized for high-fiber content and abundance of lignans, a class of phytoestrogens, which may act as antioxidants; also contains alpha-linolenic acid, which is converted by the body in to omega 3s similar to those found in salmon.
Turmeric- A culinary spice often found in Indian curries and American mustard has been found to contain more than two-dozen natural anti-inflammatory compounds and may help to reduce the risk and effects of several chronic, debilitating diseases.
Walnuts- Are a good source of vitamin E, protein, fiber, and alpha-linolenic acid which may contribute to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
Tofu- An excellent substitute for many animal-derived foods, providing protein, fiber, iron and B vitamins, it is also rich in isoflavones to protect against osteoporosis, heart disease, hormonal cancers and help to lower cholesterol.
Shitake Mushrooms- Asian mushrooms are low in fat and packed with antioxidants, fiber, protein, vitamins B and D, and the substance eritadenine, which aids the body in absorbing cholesterol to lower the amount floating in the blood stream.
Sweet Potatoes- Rich in vitamins C and B6, iron, potassium, fiber and beta-carotene which has been linked to a lower risk of breast cancer, macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis and may also boost immunity.
Broccoli- High in vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids to help protect against cancer and heart disease while also boosting immunity.
Blueberries- This type of berry is a good source of fiber and antioxidants, with each half-cup providing the antioxidant power of 5 servings of peas, carrots, apples, squash or broccoli.
Spinach- An excellent source of iron, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, lutein and carotenes, as well as vitamins C and K to aid in eye health and lower the risk of developing diabetes and certain cancers.
Black Beans- Are a good source of protein, potassium, copper, iron, zinc, antioxidants and magnesium to promote heart health.
Green Tea- Regular consumption of green tea can lead to lower cholesterol levels, higher bone density and lower rates of cardiovascular disease and may also prevent against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases due to high levels of catechins, which are compounds that help prevent cell proliferation, speed cancer cell death and reduce inflammation.
Dark Chocolate- Contains stearic acid, a fat which does not raise cholesterol levels; antioxidants called polyphenols, also found in green tea; and flavonoids to inhibit blood clotting and reduce the risk of coronary artery blockages.
Whole Grains- Whole grains contain all three parts of the grain: the bran, endosperm and germ to deliver optimal health benefits. The bran contains fiber, B vitamins, and minerals; the endosperm contains proteins, starch and B vitamins; while the germ is rich in vitamins B and E, essential fatty acids, unsaturated fats and phytochemicals.
Apples- A nutritional powerhouse, full of antioxidants and soluble fiber to help lower bad cholesterol, apples also contain polyphenols and other nutrients to help lower the risk of asthma, metabolic syndrome, atherosclerosis, as well as colon, lung and pancreatic cancers.