In a world where we suffer from immense amounts of stress, pollution and in some cases lack of exercise, we must endeavour to keep ourselves fit and agile and most importantly away from life altering diseases. Apart from trying to make necessary lifestyle changes, we must also incorporate in our day to day routine a healthy diet which includes eating healthy. A healthy body speaks of 70% what we eat and 30% exercise. Staying away from processed and unhealthy foods is a first step amongst many, toward a healthier you.

Many naturally occurring fruits and vegetables contain anti-oxidants which are disease combatting. These foods have essentials minerals and vitamins which are known as micro nutrients which promote immune health and protect the body against diseases.

Let us look at some of the food products or as we lovingly call superfoods that enable our body to stay healthy and heal from external agents of harm.

Turmeric

You must be wondering how the first item on our list can be eaten just as it is. Let us clarify since this one is way too essential to leave out. Indians most times don’t realize how important most of our spices are to our cuisine and more our dietary requirement. Curries and marinade for certain foods with turmeric renders a beautiful yellow colour to them. That yellow colour is not just a treat to the eyes but also encapsulates an antioxidant called curcumin. Curcumin is an anti-oxidant which has anti-inflammatory properties which not only helps in healing diseases like arthritis and ulcerative colitis. Turmeric has also been researched for decades to have anti-cancer properties including prostrate, skin and breast cancer.

Fish

Fish is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acid. Especially fish like Mackeral and Salmon which are known to be super foods because of their nutrient contents. It not only is an excellent choice as a food for keeping diseases at bay but also is excellent for glowing skin tones and healthy hair care. Fish also has a reputation for being in the running as foods for heart healthy diets. Not only this, fish has also been under extensive studies for improving memory and improving symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Omega 3 acid is known to have benefits with auto immune diseases like Crohn’s or rheumatoid arthritis.

Broccoli

Broccoli is known too be a vegetable of the cruciferous family. Cruciferous vegetable has a property of fighting cancer as it houses anti-cancer components. Many lung and breast cancer patients have shown significant health benefits as compared to those who do not eat cruciferous vegetables.

Not just this but broccoli has additional benefits like lowering the risk of heart diseases and stroke in men. For men it also protects the body against prostrate cancer.

Spinach

No, we are not deriving this from Popeye the sailor man! Spinach is addition to the luscious green leafy vegetable appeal, it has anti-oxidants like beta-carotene and lutein. Being dark green and leafy it is a rich source of vitamins and essential minerals which help the immune system to stay in great shape. The combination of all these benefits escalates in protective results against most diseases.

Along with being anti-cancer, spinach also has disease protection against cardiovascular diseases and lutein has a great benefit for eyes which enhance a healthy vision.

Blueberries

Blueberries are a famous for being called a superfood. They are not only great to eat but also serve as a great package stuffed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These antioxidants have a reputation to fight against cancer.

The benefit of blueberries isn’t limited to caner. They are well equipped to lower and keep blood pressure in control. They also stimulate and get your metabolism in order. Due to this they are termed as brain food, which help in fighting off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases which tend to have a neurodegenerative effect. We have repeatedly heard the team Prevention is better than cure. In today’s world it is better to implement it rather than be sorry later. All we have to do is put a little effort to be healthy and protect our body against the destructive foods which may give us momentary pleasure but tend to be harmful in the longer run. Make your mantra as Health is wealth which will ensure you treat your body with the respect it demands.