Colorful foods as preventative care part 2

Here we are continuing on to the second section of our article on the value of adding more color to your diet.  You already read about the health benefits of the colors red, yellow, and orange.  In this post you will discover the health benefits of green blue and purple fruits and veggies.  

Green

Chlorophyll is the plant pigment that colors green fruits and veggies.   Green foods are usually vitamin and mineral dense. 

Dark green leafy vegetables such as mustard greens, lettuce, kale, chicory, spinach, and chard have an abundance of fiber, folate, and carotenoids. These nutrients may help protect against cancer of the mouth, larynx, pancreas, lung, skin, and stomach.

Lutein helps to keep your eyes healthy and bright and may even reduce the risk of macular degeneration.  Some food that contain lutein are spinach and other dark leafy greens, cucumbers, peas, celery, and green peppers.  

Indoles are found to protect against some types of cancer and can be eaten in foods such as broccoli and cabbage.  

Folate, a B vitamin used to reduce the risks of birth defects is found in an abundance in leafy greens.  

Other green foods to consider:  green apples, artichokes, asparagus, avocados, green beans, brussel sprouts, honey dew melon, kiwi, lettuce, limes, onions, green grapes, and zucchini

Blue & Purple

Anthocyanins are a plant pigment that colors blue and purple fruits and veggies. Anthocyanins, as mentioned earlier in the first half of this article, are an amazing antioxidant that protect your cells from damage.

Damage can come from pollution, stress, aging, sun, etc… so there are lots of opportunities to damage our cells and eating lots of food that contain antioxidants help more than you may want to know.

Blueberries are at the top of the list in popularity right now.  Why?  Because someone found out that they are one of the highest antioxidant concentrated fruits in the world!   Studies have shown that eating more blueberries is linked with improved memory function and healthy aging.

Purple grapes contain resveratrol. Resveratrol, another popular supplement on the market, has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown it to prevent and treat cancers.

Delicious food in this category are: blackberries, eggplant, figs, plums, prunes, purple grapes, and raisins.

Eating colorfully adds a new dimension to your plate and your health.  We have a whole world of color given to us by nature that helps us prevent disease and illness.  Lets take advantage from the inside out of all that mother nature has given us.

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