Health boosting foods

1. Garlic

For hundreds of years, garlic has been used to treat a whole range of ailments, from impotence to stomach bugs.

But recent studies have found that garlic has more serious health benefits for the heart and cancer prevention.

Garlic contains two key compounds, a sulphur-rich amino acid called allicin and a protein-based enzyme called allinase.

The clove has no smell until you slice or crush it, allowing the compounds to mix and form a third compound, called allicin.

Allicin is a volatile compound that survives for just a few hours. It is a powerful natural antibiotic and also has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

2. Walnuts

Your eyes can become dry and inflamed without enough omega-3 fats.

Walnuts are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid that is highly effective in alleviating eye-related inflammation.

Walnuts
Walnuts

The little nutrient packed nuts are also good for blood sugar control and heart health.

3. Chocolate

We’re always searching for reasons to eat more chocolate and now scientists may have found one.

The sweet treat triggers anandamide – a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s known to make us feel happier.

Dark chocolate also contains flavonoids, potent antioxidants that may improve brain health, and boost blood flow to the brain.




4. Oats

Eating a small carb-based snack about an hour before bed raises levels of tryptophan, which helps your brain produce serotonin. This in turn triggers your body’s production of melatonin, which is the hormone that helps us sleep.

Oats are also good for blood sugar control and digestion.

5. Citrus

Citrus contains hesperidin, a plant chemical that improves blood flow to the heart, and vitamin C, a potent protector against stroke.

Oats
Oats

6. Spinach

Spinach is filled with iron and vitamin K, which promote bone health. it is also very low in calories so you can eat as much as you like.

7. Oily fish

Essential fatty acids cannot be made by the body and must be obtained through diet.

The most effective omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish. These include salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kippers.

They are good for healthy brain function as well as the heart, joints and general wellbeing.

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