Regular consumption of artichoke, eggplant and avocado may yield potent health benefits that will significantly impact your overall health.
|Artichoke leaves may
All these foods are powerful antioxidants and have an important common denominator: They all share potent anti-cholesterol properties. Artichoke, eggplant and avocado have been known to help metabolize “bad” fats and inhibit enzymes that produce cholesterol.
Artichoke flower heads have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among vegetables. It is also known that Cynarin, a chemical compound found in artichoke leaves, increases bile flow contributing to an improved liver and gall bladder function and better digestion. Artichoke is used as a natural remedy for high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), arthritis, heartburn, kidney problems and even to relief symptoms of alcohol hangover.
|Eat Avocado to improve heart health
Similarly, certain chemical compounds found in avocado such as aleolic acid, folate, carotenoid lutein and beta-sitosterol, have been studied in the treatment of oral and breast cancer and in the prevention of strokes, macular degeneration and cataracts. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for heart health.
|Eggplant lowers cholesterol and
regulates blood pressure
On the other hand, Eggplant is a low calorie vegetable featuring various vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including phenolic compounds, such caffeic and chlorogenic acid, and flavonoids, such as nasunin. These active substances not only may lower cholesterol, but also regulate blood pressure. Additionally, eggplant has been studied in the prevention and colon and skin cancer.
Note: A natural supplement can be added to your diet as complementary aid in the treatment of high-blood cholesterol. Artichoke Plus contains extracts of these three potent natural anti cholesterol foods.
Get creative blending your favorite fruits and green veggies into a perfect Green Smoothie.
According to Raw Foods For Beginners
, consuming blended raw vegetables can be more beneficial than chewing a fresh salad. This website explains that more cell walls are broken down when blending raw vegetables and therefore more nutrients are released to be absorbed by the body.
The following health improvements were reported in a study of 27 individuals taking a quarter of green smoothies every day, for a month:
- Increase in energy
- Depression lifted
- Fewer blood sugar fluctuations
- More regular bowel movements
- Dandruff healed
- Insomnia gone
- Asthma attacks stopped completely
- No more PMS symptoms
- Fingernails stronger
- Skin cleared up
- Sex life improved
- No more desire for coffee
- Lost 5-10 pounds
Recipe: Quila’s Basic Green Smoothie
2C orange juice (or try tangerine juice for a tangy treat)
1C raspberries (or strawberries or blueberries)
2 handfuls of spinach
4 leaves green leaf or romaine lettuce (or red or green chard)
Blend well. Makes 2 quarts. We drink this every day with a few variations here and there with the greens, berries and fruits in season. Also, add a bit of mint for a treat.
Source: “Green Smoothies.” Raw Food For The Beginner Website –