The Real Superstars

By eating a diet that stresses fruits, whole grains, vegetables, lean proteins, olive oil and red wine for some, the risk of heart disease and certain cancers can be lowered. Here are some of the foods with protein benefits that we should add to out diet.

BROWN RICE. According to Japanese researchers, the outer layer of the grain [rice bran] can lower blood pressure by up to 20%.

STRAWBERRIES. These hearty fruits can lower levels of C-reactive protein, an indication of inflammation in blood vessels. The berries' flavonoids and Vitamin C help lower LDL levels [bad cholesterol].

BROCCOLI. This veggie has a phytochemical called indole-3-carbinol which helps lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

ORANGE JUICE. The citrus juice has folic acid and B vitamins that help break down homocysteine [an amino acid that increases heart disease risk] while vitamin C tackles heart-damaging free radicals.

TEA. The drink's antioxidants [polyphenols] have been shown to lower LDL by 16%. Based on a recent study, women who drank at least 2 cups of either black or green tea a day showed lower levels of homocysteine.

Mommy's Little Corner


Tina said…
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Rachel said…
What great news - I eat lots of rice, strawberries, broccoli and tea and like orange juice - perhaps I should be drinking more of that too. My children like all of these foods too which is great as well!
Anonymous said…
See...healthy foods can be tasty too! :-) I love all of those.
Anonymous said…
tina nice comment