Eating a well-balanced diet is not always attainable, but there are some foods that you can stock up on that can increase the nutritional value of your everyday meals. These superfoods offer vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, fiber and so much more. Here are seven foods that boost your health – use them liberally!
Blackstrap molasses: Blackstrap molasses is thick, dark and has a slightly bitter taste, but 1 tablespoon offers 170 mg of calcium, 3.5 mg of iron, and 500 mg of potassium. Add it to smoothies, drizzle it over oatmeal, add it to baked beans, or use it to baste roasted chicken or turkey.
Chia seeds: Two tablespoons of these tiny seeds offer 5 grams of fiber, 90 mg of calcium, and 2.5 mg of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid. Blend chia seeds into smoothies, sprinkle them over hot cereal or yogurt, add them to granola, use them as a salad topper, or incorporate them into hummus, casseroles, stir-fries and muffin batters. Continue reading “Foods That Boost Your Health”
The health benefits of flaxseed are many. It is a great source of essential fatty acids, especially for vegetarians. The oil derived from the actual seed has a rich concentration of the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid. Flaxseed is also a fantastic source of lignans and fiber.
Most Westernized diets contain too many omega-6 fats and too few omega-3 fats, but omega-3s benefit our health in a variety of ways. Ideally our dietary ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 should be 4:1 however, with the abundance of vegetable oils, margarines, and processed and convenience foods available, our fatty acid ratio is probably closer to an unhealthy 30:1. Flax provides us with a rich source of omega-3, aiding in rebalancing this ratio and therefore helping in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer, as well as in beautifying us through improved skin, hair, and nails. Continue reading “The Benefits of Flaxseed”
Join us this Sunday as host Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Scott Minton, Ph.D., will be discussing vegetarian sources of omega-3 and how they compare to fish oil.
Dr. Minton earned both a Masters and Ph.D. in Resource Ecology from the University of Michigan. He was a tenured Associate Professor at Vanguard University in the Biological Sciences. As a nutritional consultant, Dr. Minton practiced evidence-based nutrition, basing his dietary programs on a comprehensive intake process and advanced nutritional laboratory testing. This individual-centered strategy yielded successful experiences for patients with longstanding fatigue, excess weight gain, digestive distress, lowered immune function, hormone imbalances and other inflammatory conditions.
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