Now more than ever, researchers are discovering that what we eat makes a difference, not only in the way we look and feel, but also in the length and quality of our lives. Inspired by this, I’ve uncovered important research on natural healing foods such as buckwheat, lentils and tea that might be of interest to you.
- Buckwheat contains a variety of flavonoids that help block the spread of cancer, and reduces the risk of heart disease. Recent research shows that a diet high in dietary flavonoids may help keep your brain sharp as you age (American Journal of Epidemiology, 15 June 2007).
Buckwheat is a unique healing food because it’s a carbohydrate that digests more slowly than other types of carbohydrates. This allows blood sugar levels to rise more slowly and helps you stay full longer, making it easier to control your weight. Finally, because buckwheat is gluten-free, it’s appropriate for those with Celiac disease and wheat sensitivities.
Buckwheat is often served as a side dish in the form of kasha (porridge). Kasha is easy to cook, inexpensive and can be stored for a long period of time. Additionally, buckwheat flour can be used to make breads, muffins and pancakes. There are hot cereals that contain buckwheat as well.
Buckwheat can be purchased at most local supermarkets located in the rice section in the form of kasha.
- Lentils are a great source of the B vitamin folate, which is heart protective and prevents neural tube defects. Also, it’s a terrific source of vegetarian protein and fiber. Lentils also contain bone-friendly calcium as well as vitamins A, B, phosphorus and iron.
Lentils and beans used to be called the “poor mans’ meat”, as they’re loaded with protein and unlike meat, light in saturated fat (and fat in general).
They make great soups, stews, salads and come in so many varieties, the possibilities are endless.
Lentils can be easily found in the rice and bean section at your local supermarket.
- Green tea, black tea and white tea are all cancer protective and booster your metabolism.
According to a new study from Dartmouth Medical School, folks who consumed at least one cup of tea daily were significantly less likely than their non-tea-drinking counterparts to develop skin cancer (specifically basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas).
Tea contains polyphenols, which have a plethora of health benefits such as:
– Preventing cholesterol from oxidizing and fouling blood vessels that affects the arteries that lead from the heart and also the brain.
– Prevents the formation of potential carcinogens.
– Prevents the pain of toothaches since it contains compounds that act as antibiotics.
– Limits the damage that moderate UV radiation inflicts on the skin.
Tea leaves or bags can be found at your local supermarket in the beverage isle or at your favorite coffee and tea store.