4 Winter Superfoods with Health Boosting Benefits
Ceylon cinnamon (cinnamomum verum) is true cinnamon, and it comes from the inner bark of a Sri Lankan evergreen tree. This differs from the cinnamon powder commonly found in your supermarket, which is in fact not cinnamon at all, but Cassia.
Ceylon cinnamon benefits, are numerous, here are just a few:
1) Lowers blood sugar levels
2) Lowers cholesterol
3) Supports healthy blood clotting
4) Fights bacteria and fungus
5) Improves brain activity, attention and memory
6) Improves digestion
7) reduces chronic inflammation
[Note: If using Cassia powder, use in small doses. Cassia contains coumarin, a compound that has been linked to liver damage]
Carotenoids found in winter squash include alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Pectin-containing cell wall polysaccharides found in winter squash are important anti-inflammatory nutrients provided by this food, as are its cucurbitacins (triterpene molecules). Winter squash is an excellent source of immune-supportive vitamin A (in its “previtamin” carotenoid forms) and free radical-scavenging vitamin C. It is also a very good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, manganese and copper as well as a good source of potassium, vitamin B2, folate, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and niacin.
Clementines are rich in variety of vital nutrients including minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. Consumption of citrus fruits such as clementines provides essential vitamins such as vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and folate to the body. Clementines are a good source of healthful bioactive components such as limonoids and flavones glycosylates. In addition to this, it offers very few calories and also adds fiber content to the diet.
Health benefits include:
1) Strong bones and muscles
2) Digestive Health
3) Cardiovascular health
4) Cancer fighting
Salmon is an excellent source of vitamin B12, vitamin D and selenium. It is a good source of niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus and vitamin B6. It is also a good source of choline, pantothenic acid, biotin and potassium.
Health benefits include:
1) Healthy skin and hair
2) Helps maintain insulin levels
3) Improves memory and efficiency of brain functions
4) Reduces risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases
5) Helps prevent macular degeneration and loss of vision
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