The ingredient that has been having a moment on social media lately, beets are superfood stars for reasons beyond their brilliant appearance. The veggie is packed with important nutrients like B vitamins, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium and more. Plus, they are known to detox the liver, and possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making them useful for anti-aging and skincare. Click here for an anti-aging beet smoothie recipe.
Need an excuse to raid that chocolate stash? A new study shows that cocoa flavanols could boost cognitive function within just a few hours of consumption. To sweeten the deal, researchers found that regular, long-term intake of cocoa flavanols may also protect against cognitive decline. It looks like a little bit of chocolate can do wonders, so enjoy that chocolate bar!
According to the rule of thumb, you’re supposed to drink eight glasses of water per day. However, roughly 20% of our daily water intake comes from solid foods, especially fruits and vegetables. It’s still important to drink plenty of water. Click here to read more about 15 hydrating foods, which are at least 90% water by weight.
Scientists have shown in a study that giving mice a natural compound called NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide) compensated for the loss of efficiency in the energy supply chain, which is a key driver in the aging process. This is found naturally in some foods including broccoli, cabbage, avocado, cucumber, and edamame beans. While it compensates for loss of energy production, it can also reduce typical aging signs, loss of insulin sensitivity, weight gain and decline in physical activity.
We’ve got very good news for guacamole lovers everywhere. A new review suggests that eating avocado is a simple (and delicious) way to prevent metabolic syndrome. Named “the new silent killer,” metabolic syndrome is the term used to describe a combination of three or more risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. The research has shown that avocados have the most beneficial effects on cholesterol levels, and can help fight pretty much every aspect of metabolic syndrome. All the more reason they deserve superfood status!
Eating the first meal of the day has long-term health benefits. A breakfast with many proteins significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking. It’s important to keep in mind that the choice of your breakfast foods can make or break your weight-loss results. Check out these recipes that are high in protein, fiber and other essential nutrients that will keep you satisfied and on the course.
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While it seems there are smoothie shops everywhere we turn, a lot of these can also be loaded with added sugar. That being said, the right smoothie can help you achieve your weight loss goals. It’s important to read your mix-in levels carefully. Plus, there’s a secret ingredient you can use that turns up your smoothie’s fat-burning power: spices. They can add calorie-free flavor to any dish, and ‘sweet spices’ like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger have been shown to boost satiety and mimic sweetness, allowing you to cut back on sugar but not taste. It’s a win-win.