Superfoods in Your Diet
Garlic has been shown to lower cholesterol, boost the immune system, and help prevent heart disease.
Oats are one of the best sources of inositol, which is important for maintaining optimum blood cholesterol levels. They are also extremely high in fibre, and can help to ease constipation.
Tea, although it contains caffeine, is highly beneficial. Green tea seems to break down fat in the body, while both black and green tea are rich in flavonoids, which may destroy harmful bacteria and viruses, and also help to protect against heart disease and stroke.
Avocados are rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as potassium. Because they contain some protein and starch, as well as being a good source of mono-unsaturated fats, they are considered to be a complete food. The pulp has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, a disease-fighting anti-oxidant. One study found that 40mg of lycopene daily protects against heart disease, and smaller amounts may help too.
Oily fish such as mackerel and sardines are high in PUFAs – polyunsaturated fatty acids. These lower your risk of heart disease and reduce inflammation.