Many people are looking for nutritious “superfoods” to help cleanse their bodies of toxins. Eating healthy can benefit you in many ways, not just at your waistline. Foods that contain antioxidants are believed to work towards cleansing the body of unwanted toxins and substances. Talk to your doctor before starting any new supplements or changing your diet.
Açaí is a fruit that comes from Brazil’s rainforests. According to Dr. Perricone, “açaí is packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids.” Look for acai at health food stores in the form of fruit, supplements or juices.
Garlic is often eaten in small quantities to flavor food, but garlic also has many health benefits. Garlic’s strong odor comes from its sulfur compounds. According to “100 Best Health Foods,” garlic has antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal properties, minimizes stomach ulcers and reduces the risk of heart disease and many forms of cancer.
Leafy Green Veggies
Leafy green vegetables, especially in raw form, have many health and cleansing benefits. According to Food Matters, raw leafy green vegetables such as lettuce, parsley, spinach, broccoli sprouts, mustard sprouts, kale and dandelion greens cleanse the kidneys, act as “mini transfusions” for the blood and aid the brain and immune system.
Sweet potatoes are sometimes referred to as yams, are becoming a popular household vegetable due to their nutritional benefits. According to “100 Best Health Foods,” sweet potatoes contain carotenes that may fight cancer; sterols that reduce “bad” cholesterol; antioxidants, vitamin E and are also high in potassium.
Nuts are a nutritious source of protein and healthy fats, when eaten in moderation. According to Health Castle, nuts help reduce the risk of heart disease and are high in fiber, phytonutrients, plant sterols and antioxidants.
Raw chocolate, or cacao, is what chocolate is in its natural form, before it is processed into junk food. According to Guardian News, “cacao is a very complex foodstuff with more than 300 chemically identifiable compounds. It is said to be significantly richer in antioxidant flavanols than green tea, red wine or acai, and contains protein, fats, calcium, iron, carotene, thiamine and riboflavine.”
Salmon is a fatty fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help fight heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and some skin conditions, according to “100 Best Health Foods.” Salmon is also high in selenium, which helps fight cancer.
• “100 Best Health Foods”; Paragon Books Ltd.’ 2009
• Oprah: Dr. Perricone’s No. 1 Superfood – Açaí [http://www.oprah.com/health/Acai-Dr-Perricones-No-1-Superfood]
• Guardian News: A Raw Deal [http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2007/mar/30/food.foodanddrink]
• Health Castle: Health Benefits of Nuts [http://www.healthcastle.com/nuts-benefits.shtml]
• Food Matters: Green Superfoods [http://www.foodmatters.tv/Health_Resources/Green_Superfoods]