Nutrition Rainbow Pt.I: Red
Red fruits and vegetables are packed with heart-healthy nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and so much more. Incorporating a range of reds in your diet could help reduce risks for developing serious health conditions such as degenerative diseases, while promoting overall cardiovascular health. Below are two powerful antioxidants that contribute to such critical properties.
One of the most notably robust antioxidants on the list--all due to having certain characteristics which can’t be replicated in supplements. Research has shown that it can protect the body from toxins like pesticides and MSG, fight off bacterial infections (yeast & UTI). and even prevent and slow the progression of certain types of cancer (breast, prostate, renal, & uterine cancer).
Can prevent/delay eye diseases
Alleviates neuropathic pain
Decreases high blood pressure and cholesterol
Supports brain & bone health
Popularly known for its ability to delay cognitive decline that comes with age, can treat liver damage by reducing the effects of toxins, and most importantly it’s also found in red wine--cheers! (more information will be covered once we reach the blues & purples)
Boosts learning & memory function
Has anti-cancer compounds
May play a role in prevention of weight gain
Reduce risks for heart disease
Other Important Nutrients Found in Red Whole Foods:
Vitamins A, E, K, B6
Benefits: Necessary for eye and skin health, improves immune and supports healthy digestion, fights osteoporosis, keeps you full longer, and aids in balancing blood pressure/sugar.
Red beets, tomatoes, red bell pepper, red beans, red cabbage/leafy lettuce, rhubarb
Strawberry, raspberry, cherry, cranberry, watermelon, pomegranate, grapefruit
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