Get Your Organic On!

September 7, 2016 by Marilyn Gemino WellnessEnglish
organic foods

Choosing organic foods to feed your body is a wise decision, but it’s also important to choose wisely. Fill up on these organic staples for a nutritious, delicious boost to your diet! Here’s the nutritional lowdown on them.

  • Apples: Packed with antioxidant vitamins, including vitamin C, apples can protect bodily cells against free radical damage. Apples also contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant, which helps bolster immune system function, neurological health and brain health.
  • Beets: Beets provide good amounts of folate, manganese and potassium, which, together, provide for expectant mothers’ and their growing babies’ health, skin health, blood sugar health and healthy blood pressure. Beets also act as a detoxifier in the body
  • Blueberries: Blueberries contain vitamins C, K and the mineral manganese as well as flavonoids called anthocyanins—powerful antioxidants. Eating just one cup of blueberries weekly helps crush free radicals for cellular health, supporting healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular and mental health.
  • Broccoli: Broccoli—per healthy serving—boasts a whopping 135 percent of your daily value of vitamin C as well as 116 percent of the daily value of vitamin K. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant for cellular health; vitamin K helps regulate calcium and bone formation process.
  • Brussels Sprouts: As another amazing green veggie, Brussels sprouts are also packed full of vitamin C, vitamin K as well as ample amounts of folate and manganese—to support healthy cells, bones, healthy mamas-to-be and their babies-to-be as well as skin and blood sugar health.
  • Carrots: Can we say loads of vitamin A? A scrumptious serving of carrots is brimming with vitamin A—428 percent of the daily value per ample serving—to keep eyesight keen, skin healthy and eyes from drying out. An added bonus: carrots are detoxifiers.
  • Cauliflower: A good all-around veggie, cauliflower delivers vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, potassium and manganese to support healthy cells, healthy bones, energy levels, blood pressure and blood sugar levels as well as radiant skin.
  • Celery: Celery boasts vitamin K and folate for bone health, digestive health and more. A hearty serving of celery also contains 300mg of potassium, which supports healthy blood pressure and kidneys as well as helping to avoid muscle cramping during workouts.
  • Cherries: Cherries contain vitamin C, potassium and plenty of the antioxidant anthocyanin. Adding cherries to the diet can reduce cholesterol and lower additional risk factors for heart disease, including managing unhealthy inflammation levels and body fat levels.
  • Cucumbers: Cucumbers, high in water content, can help you stay hydrated. They’re full of vitamins such as vitamin A, C, K, B6, folate and thiamine. Likewise, they contain calcium, iron, manganese, selenium, zinc and potassium for eye health, blood health, strong bones and more.
  • Green Bell Peppers: Another vitamin C powerhouse with good amounts of vitamins A, B6 and K, green bell peppers, especially when fully ripened, are mighty antioxidants that support healthy vision and energy levels as well as heart, kidney and bone health.
  • Guava: Guava fruit and leaves are brimming with energy-supporting B vitamins, the potent antioxidant vitamin C, and brain-boosting, skin-supporting and immune-bolstering zinc. Guava also benefits the thyroid, a hormone gland supporting proper metabolism and hormone regulation
  • Lemons (and peel): Lemons contain vitamins C and B-complex, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium, supporting a healthy immune system and inflammation levels. Folate in lemon peels supports mamas-to-be and their growing babies, while supporting bone health and detoxification.
  • Raspberries: Loaded with vitamin C, manganese and fiber, raspberries provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Likewise, raspberries are noted for their blood sugar and cellular benefits as well as helping with weight management.
  • Spinach: Packed with vitamin A, vitamin K and ample amounts of vitamin C, folate and some iron, spinach and other leafy greens provide energy, support proper production of red blood cells, support digestive health, help make hormones and help break down carbs and proteins.
  • Strawberries: Bursting with vitamin C, and like blueberries, strawberries contain those powerful antioxidants—flavonoids called anthocyanins. Eating just two cups of strawberries per week can support mental sharpness as well as cardiovascular, cellular and blood pressure health.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes deliver robust amounts of vitamins C, A, K and the minerals potassium and manganese. They’re also known for their lycopene, a carotenoid pigment associated with red tomatoes. Tomatoes support cardiovascular and bone health as well as healthy cells and nerves.

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