By Yamunacarya Das for ISKCON News

Are you jaded with quick fix weight loss diets that don’t work or are you unable to eat healthy food owing to your busy work schedule? Due to our hectic life styles, we often make the mistake of compromising on our diets. With the onset of new year, we may include health on the top priority of resolutions by judiciously adding some super foods or health foods which are easily available and insures maximum your good health. Here, are a few choices, which make the, perfect combination for health enthusiasts also fit perfectly in your pocket.

Blueberries: They are one of the most powerful antioxidants found in this world due to its high concentration of antioxidant anthocyanin, which have immense, benefits on the brain, heart and different diseases and conditions. This fruit is also a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, copper, zinc, selenium, and iron. Besides this, they are known for neutralizing free radicals, which in turn, reduces the chances of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. It is also considered the best antiaging foods.

Almonds: Most widely known in the category of nuts almonds have a lot of health benefits, especially for the heart. They help to lower blood cholesterol levels and are known to contain good amounts of antioxidants. Almonds are also loaded with protein, calcium, fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and other phytochemicals. These benefits make them one of the most balanced health food.

Broccoli: This vegetable has been singled out as a must-have vegetables amongst health foods. They are linked to lower rates of cancer. Besides this, it includes vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A (mostly as beta-carotene), folic acid, calcium, and fiber. Studies have also shown that it also contains substances to reduce blood pressure and colon cancer.

Flaxseed: Emerging studies have shown that flaxseeds are the latest addition of health foods, which are filled, with fiber and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, a little sprinkling of flaxseed can go a long way for a healthy heart.

Oat Meal: We can start our day with a steaming bowl of this wonderful health food. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium this fiber-packed health food can lower levels of LDL which is the bad cholesterol and prevent arteries from clogging.

Kidney Beans: Kidney beans have been popular all over the world for its savoury appeal and ability to absorb flavours. They have numerous benefits for heart and digestive health. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, proteins, fiber and phytonutrients, they help in preventing certain chronic diseases. Studies done by Mayo Clinic reveal that consuming red kidney beans may help prevent the occurrence of diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

Organic Milk: Apart from the benefits of the conventional milk, clouded by the rampant use of pesticides, antibiotics and hormones which have made their consumption unpopular, the choice of organic milk ensures a complete range of health benefits. The conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) or linoleic acid, which is a, special type of fat in milk helps to protect against cancer and other health problems. CLA also ensures to reduce excess body fat.

Quinoa: Once called “the gold of the Incas,” and known to increase the stamina of Inca warriors this grain is steadily gaining popularity as health food in the world. This is due to that fact that it is high in protein, and not only high protein, but it supplies the complete protein, which includes all nine essential amino acids. Besides this, it is a very good source of manganese also a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, and folate this grain ensures benefits for persons with diabetes, migraine headaches, and atherosclerosis.

Apples: As the adage goes “An Apple a day keeps the doctor away” apples are indeed considered a popular health food to prevent many diseases. They are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber that can lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Also a good source of vitamin C which prevents the body cells from damage by controlling the free radicals, they also help with thier anti-aging properties by forming the connective tissue collagen.They also help keep capillaries and other arteries in body healthy, and aid iron absorption.

Sweet Potatoes: These tubers are gaining popularity as one of the healthiest foods in theworld. They help in countering diabetes, and as they contain glutathione an antioxidant, it also helps in enhancing the nutrient metabolism and immune-system health. Besides this they also protect against Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cystic fibrosis, liver disease, cancer, heart attack, stroke and even HIV. What’s more, they’re packed with vitamin C, which works as a good anti-aging agent by stimulating the production of collagen.

So spice up your health this year with these easily available and affordable super foods.All you need to make sure is that they are as far as possible organic.

Read more: http://news.iskcon.com/node/4181/2012-02-09/top_10_vegetarian_health_foods_this_year#ixzz1m5u5U6nv

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