Dr. Oz's Superfood Picks Everyone Should Have in Their Kitchen
On Face Book this week, Dr. Oz goes through his list of recommended foods and picked out 10 superfoods that he says are his 10 nutritional superstars that do double―even triple and beyond!―the duty of other foods.
Summarized below are 5 of his more unusual superfood choices and how they can help keep you healthy:
Superfood #1: Turmeric
A spice that has been used for many centuries in India beyond recorded history and plays an important role in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is an antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory spice known not only for its rich golden color and distinctive flavor, but is associated with reduced cancer rates in populations where it is consumed daily. Furthermore, studies have hinted that it also protects against Alzheimer's, improves blood circulation, prevents blood clotting and alleviates a wide variety of aches and pains.
Turmeric is not only available in powdered form for cooking with meat or spreading over salads, but also in a supplement capsule form for those on-the-go who don’t have time to cook, but want the benefits of this wonder spice.
Superfood #2: Coconut Oil
According to Dr. Oz just one to two tablespoons a day of this celebrated heart-healthy antioxidant that is great for reducing cholesterol, can keep your body running smoother by boosting your immune system against viruses and bacteria that cause illness, improve your thyroid function and aid blood-sugar control, as well as help with digestion to prevent bloating and as maintain weight control.
Coconut oil can be integrated into a wide variety of foods such as baked goods, vegetables, as part of an onion or garlic sauté; or, just add it directly to your cereal or oatmeal.
One non-food recommendation by guests on the Dr. Oz Show is that coconut oil can also be used as a safe and natural lubricant for sexual intercourse.
Superfood #3: Chia Seeds
From the well-known late-night TV infomercials, Chia seeds used in Chi Pets are much more than a novelty—they are a rich source of antioxidants and other nutrients that offers 500% more calcium than milk as well as the same amount of omega-3s as that from wild salmon. Chia seeds have an added benefit for dieters by its ability to make you feel full and eat less.
For curbing your appetite, Dr. Oz recommends stirring 2 tablespoons of chia seeds in a glass of water, wait a couple of minutes to allow the seeds to soak in some water, and then down the hatch to curb mid-day cravings and decrease hunger pangs before a meal.
Superfood #4: Lingonberries
Lingonberries from Scandinavia are reported to have over 30% more antioxidant power than the stalwart American blueberry that can help fight against heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
According to Dr. Oz, claims of ligonberry benefits are backed by studies that demonstrate that lingonberries can lower inflammatory molecules, block oxidants from destroying tissue and help the body replace important antioxidants―important factors toward protecting blood vessels and nerve tissue.
If you are fortunate enough to have an IKEA in your neighborhood, ligonberries may be available there in an unprocessed form or as a jam. But if not, a health food store that carries powdered or frozen ligonberries is your best bet.
Dr. Oz recommends trying a ligonberry smoothie consisting of a tablespoon or two of the frozen berries (or the jam) with a cup of non-sweetened almond milk and a three-quarter cup of ice mixed together with a blender for a cool, refreshing health drink for treating diabetes and high blood pressure.
Superfood #5: Beet Juice
Beet juice has become one of the most popular superfoods backed by research that has demonstrated multiple health benefits that include preventing cancer, protecting the liver, increasing circulation; and, most importantly—a rich vegetarian dietary source of iron for preventing anemia and delivering more oxygen to tissues. Furthermore, research has show that beets can aid weight loss with real results!
For those with high blood pressure, Dr. Oz recommends drinking one or two cups of beet juice a day for a non-prescription, natural solution for treating your hypertension.
For more information about Dr. Oz’s superfood choices, visit his website slideshow titled “Dr. Oz’s 10 favorite Superfoods.”
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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show