These 10 hardest-working foods will help you fight fat and improve your health. They help keep your weight in check, protect your ticker, temper inflammation, cut your risk for cancer, strengthen bones and boost your immunity. Read on to find out if any of these healing foods are missing from your diet.
There are more than 3,000 published research papers on beets documenting the potential health properties of this fall root veggie. Beets’ purple hue is an indicator that they’re nutrient powerhouses. The color comes from betanins, known to have strong antioxidant properties. Beets are the latest “performance enhancers” because of their nitrates, which help to increase nitric oxide levels in the blood. In turn, nitric oxide widens blood vessels to deliver more oxygen to working muscles. Several studies with runners, swimmers and other endurance athletes have shown performance-enhancing effects of beetroot supplementation. And if that’s not enough, Wake Forest Researchers reported that older adults receiving beetroot juice had increased blood flow to areas of the brain associated with cognitive function. A cup of cooked beets is just 75 calories and provides about 3.5 grams of fiber.