15 Fascinating Food Facts ‘Food is Your Best Medicine’

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Taking clues from food folklore, many scientists are today investigating the amazing healing powers of food, leading to a growing number of doctors ‘prescribing’ fruits, vegetables, beans and pulses to help us stay healthy and ward off illness. Here, Al Halabi Kitchen Expertise provides 15 ‘quick tips’ on foods that can make a big difference to your health.

First Point1. Eating walnuts is one of the best ways to keep your heart and cardiovascular system healthy, as they raise the levels of ‘good’ cholesterol.
2. Yogurt kills bacteria, boosts the immune system and contains compounds that prevent ulcers.
Third Point3. Eating an apple a day should be c ompulsory for everyone over the age of 50, say researchers at Oxford University, as it reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke and is as effective as taking a statin drug.
4. Drinking coffee every day reduces your chances of developing liver cancer, by up to 40% compared with no coffee consumption.
5. Kidney stones can be brought on by drinking sweetened colas and sodas, whereas those who drink tea, coffee or orange juice are far less likely to develop them.
Sixth Point 6. Drinking watermelon juice before a strenuous workout can help to relieve muscle soreness.
7. Eggs are full of proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals, and protect us from heart disease … until recently the very thing they were supposed to cause!
8.Cinnamon, a simple spice found in many kitchens, may slow the progress of Alzheimer’s due to an extract known as CEppt, which appears to interfere with the build-up of plaque deposits in the brain.
 Ninth Point9.Strawberries slow the aging process by improving the quality of your blood and neutralising the free radicals that can accelerate aging.
10.After drinking cocoa regularly, people with heart problems and diabetes reported they could breathe more easily and walk longer distances.
11.Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale are excellent sources of fibre and are full of compounds that trigger the body’s detox enzymes and boost antioxidant activity.
12.Cabbage juice prevents and heals stomach ulcers.
13. Garlic stimulates the immune system.
Forteenth Point14. Snacking on just a couple of squares of dark chocolate a day can significantly lower blood pressure.
15.Rice lowers blood pressure and contains chemicals that prevent cancer.
Eating the right foods really is the best medicine, so tuck in and improve your health and prolong your life!
By Bilal Al Halabi, Al Halabi Ref. & Kitchen Equipment www.al-halabi.com

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