Saturday, November 21, 2015

1. Carrots – Eyes.

Eating carrots daily promotes healthy eyes. “Carrots are filled with vitamins and antioxidants, like beta-carotene, that decrease the chance of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older people,” says Sasson Moulavi, MD, medical director of Smart for Life Weight Management Centers.

2. Walnuts – Brain.

Walnuts have been given the nickname “brain food,” and there’s a reason for that. “They have a very high content of omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain function,” says Lisa Avellino, a dietitian at Focus28 Diet.

3. Celery – Bones.

Celery is a delicious food. One of my favorite snacks is celery in some hummus. It turns out, they’re good for your bones too. “Celery is a great source of silicon, which is part of the molecular structure that gives bones their strength,” says Dr. Moulavi.

4. Avocados – Uterus.

Keeping the uterus healthy is a top priority for many women. If it’s a concern of yours, try avocados. “Avocados are a good source of folic acid,” says Elizabeth Somer, a registered dietitian. “Folate has been found to reduce the risk for cervical dysplasia, which is a precancerous condition.”

5. Grapefruit – Breasts.

Breast health is another top concern for women. Breast cancer is a terrifying disease that is often difficult to defeat. Fortunately, grapefruits are here to help keep your breasts healthy. “Grapefruit contains substances called limonoids, which have been shown to inhibit the development of cancer in lab animals and in human breast cells,” says Dr. Moulavi.

6. Tomatoes – Heart.

Heart disease is one of America’s greatest killers, but this red, heart-shaped vegetable may be the answer. Studies have found that because of the lycopene in tomatoes, there is a reduced risk for heart disease in men and women who eat them,” says Somer. Mixing them with olive oil and avocado boosts your body’s ability to absorb lycopene ten times over.

7. Sweet Potatoes – Pancreas.

This sweet vegetable not only looks like a pancreas, but is crucial to keeping this necessary organ healthy. “Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which is a potent antioxidant that protects all tissues of the body, including the pancreas, from damage associated with cancer or aging,” says Somer.

8. Ginger – Stomach.

Ginger is one of my favorite foods for more than one reason. It’s delicious, but it also helps settle my stomach. “Gingerol, which is the ingredient responsible for ginger’s pungent scent and taste, is listed in the USDA database of phytochemicals as having the ability to prevent nausea and vomiting.” says Dr. Moulavi.


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