10 foods that have special powers

All whole foods are self-healing, but I’ve zeroed in on 10 foods that have special powers. I’ve compiled this list after consulting nutrition experts and reading hundreds of studies. I call these foods the strengtheners. All of them fight disease, promote a strong immune system, and provide nutrients you need to feel great. Try to include as many as possible in your diet. Simply put, when you eat well, you feel well.

Add these to your daily diet:

1 . Apples

They are high in fiber for a healthy digestive system. They also reduce the risk of stroke and chances of dying of a heart attack.

2. Artichokes

They protect the liver against toxic build-up. They also reduce levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, because they are rich in antioxidant.

3. Avocados

They are loaded with the powerful antioxidants which helps the body get rid of cancer-causing substances 
 They also help reduce total cholesterol.

4. Beets

They are loaded with folic acid, an important B vitamin that protects against heart disease and cancer. It also appears to help prevent the formation of LDL cholesterol.

5. Blueberries

They help your brain produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in memory, coordination, and feelings of well- being. They also may prevent the growth of breast cancer cells.

6. Broccoli

They help fight cancer and are loaded with vitamin C to boost the immune system. They also help normalize blood pressure and are rich in fiber for a healthy digestive system.

7. Cherries

They help kill cancer cells which shrink pancreatic, breast, and liver They are also high in melatonin, a hormone that helps normalize sleep cycles. Melatonin also acts like an antioxidant that protects cell membranes from damage.

8. Chicory

Toss some chicory in your salads. This cousin of endive and escarole has more vitamin A than any other salad green. Just a quarter cup of raw chicory greens provides all you need daily. Vitamin A is another potent self-healer, vital for a healthy immune system and protecting your vision. Most of the vitamin A in chicory comes from beta- carotene. This is a cancer-fighting carotenoid that your body converts to vitamin A.

9. Coconut Oil

For years, we’ve been cautioned to avoid tropical oils because they’re high in artery-clogging saturated fats. But often yesterday’s nutritional bad guy is today’s nutritional hero, and that’s the case with coconut oil. It has immune-stimulating properties, thanks to lauric acid, a fatty acid in the oil. Lauric acid fights viruses and bacteria in the body. Like most oils, coconut oil is high in calories, so don’t overdo it. A teaspoon or two a day is all you need.

10. Cranberries

220px-Cranberry_bog                                                  Photo from Wikipedia

This Thanksgiving dinner staple doubles as a natural remedy for many ailments. One of the most common is urinary infections. Cranberries work by keeping harmful bacteria from sticking to the lining of the urinary tract. The active ingredient in cranberries is a group of phytochemicals called proanthocyanins. If you suffer from recurrent bladder infections, try drinking about eight ounces of cranberry juice that contains at least 27 percent juice. This recommendation is based on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The self-healing power of these little gems doesn’t end there.

Cranberries contain more “phenols” than red grapes and 18 other fruits, according to a study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry in 2001. Phenols are plant chemicals that help prevent the formation of LDL cholesterol in the arteries.

– Dr. Fabrizio Mancini


14 thoughts on “10 foods that have special powers

  1. It always relieves me to see “healthy” foods list and discover I already use many of them!

  2. Wonderful information. I always believe that eating healthy is the key. Thank you, Ela!

  3. Good one, Ela (MOT). wag wag M & B (p.s. ginger: anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-nausea biped paw)

  4. Love this list – yum! I’ll have to add artichokes. And what do you think, Ela, about the sugar that either comes with cranberries or makes them palatable?

    • Definitely must add artichokes – ‘The total antioxidant capacity of artichoke flower heads is one of the highest reported for vegetables. Cynarine is a chemical constituent in Cynara. The majority of the cynarine found in artichoke is located in the pulp of the leaves, though dried leaves and stems of artichoke also contain it. It inhibits taste receptors, making water (and other foods and drinks) seem sweet.
      Studies have shown artichoke to aid digestion, hepatic and gall bladder function and raise the ratio of HDL to LDL. This reduces cholesterol levels, which diminishes the risk for arteriosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Aqueous extracts from artichoke leaves have also been shown to reduce cholesterol by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase and having a hypolipidemic influence, lowering blood cholesterol. Artichoke contains the bioactive agents apigenin and luteolin. C. scolymus also seems to have a bifidogenic effect on beneficial gut bacteria.[ Artichoke leaf extract has proved helpful for patients with functional dyspepsia and may ameliorate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.’
      – Wikipedia
      I’m not sure what you mean about the sugar in the cranberries, Monica. 🙂

      • Wow! So interesting. As for cranberries, when you buy them for eating directly, they are always heavily sweetened – at least here. And when you cook them, you have to add some sweetener even with fruit. So how do you eat them?

      • I usually drink the juice. 🙂

  5. This is a trove of fantastic information, thank you! I will get busy forwarding your link to friends and family! : )))

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