Our body need vitamins and minerals in order to remain healthy and well-functioning. But sometimes, eating different fruits and vegetables and taking different supplements simply isn’t enough because some foods are processed very fast and our body doesn’t have enough time to absorb all nutrients it needs.
We bring you some suggestions on how you can get the most out of food, in order to enjoy the taste, but also enjoy its healthy nutritious characteristics and maximize absorption of nutrients.
Dark chocolate and apples
This is a sweet and healthy combo. Try combining it and your blood vessels will be thankful. Both ingredients are excellent for cardiovascular health. Apples contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that protects LDL cholesterol from oxidation, thus reducing the risk of deposits on the inner walls of the arteries. In addition to that, it prevents blood clotting and reduces the risk of blood clots. Dark chocolate is rich in catechins, which also cleans the artery walls. Apples and dark chocolate consumed together act much stronger and this combo will keep your vessels well-functioning.
Whole grains and onion or garlic
Whole grains are a good source of iron and zinc, but they are extremely easy to process so our body cannot use their benefits in full extent. To slow down this process, you need to eat more food that contains sulfur. Good sources of sulfur are onion and garlic. So, this combination will give your body plenty of time to absorb all nutrients it needs.
Tomato and olive oil
If you prepare your meals with olive oil, you will decrease the level of so called bad cholesterol. Your arteries will be healthier, vessels stronger and more passable. Olive oil is, in itself, quite healthy, but in combination with tomato turns into a bit of a “miracle”. There is no better source of healthy fats than this magical oil, and if you add tomatoes, you will further enhance its positive impact, especially the one of lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant, which can drastically reduce harmful effects of free radicals and lower bad cholesterol.
Salmon and dark green leafy vegetables
If you want healthy and strong bones, you have to give your body the needed dose of calcium. But, to be able to use calcium from the food you additionally need to increase the intake of vitamin D. The spring sun is our best friend after the dark winter months, but during the cold period you need to include in your diet foods which are rich in vitamin D such as salmon. But to enhance its effects, you should consume it with dark green leafy vegetables, which are also an excellent source of calcium and will boost your health in no time.
Broccoli and Tomato
There are foods that reduce the risk of cancer, and one of those super-combinations is broccoli and tomato combo. Research shows that people whose diet consists of 10 % tomato and 10 % broccoli have up to 53 % lower risk for cancer, while those who regularly eat only tomatoes or only broccoli have only 40% lower risk for cancer. So, when preparing broccoli the way you love, don’t forget to add dried or fresh tomatoes in order to maximize their positive effects on your body.
Sprouts and olive oil
Sprouts are a magnificent vegetable, because they contain a lot of minerals and vitamins, and are especially rich in vitamin K, which is necessary for healthy blood and bones. For the best results, this vitamin should be consumed in combination with fats, and the best choice is definitely olive oil, which strengthens your heart and protects your cardiovascular system. If you are looking for food that will keep your body healthy and increase your life expectancy, eat sprouts combined with olive oil.