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Food synergy: Pairing foods for maximum benefits

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According to Wikipedia: Synergy is the working together of two things that produce a result greater than the sum of their individual effects. The term synergy comes from the Greek word synergia, meaning “working together."

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When certain foods are paired, each takes on a nutritional enhancement. This process is known as food synergy.

According to Everyday Health, registered dietician, Amy Jamieson-Petonic says when two foods are eaten together, the pair can be healthier than when eaten separately.

Here is a list of foods that when paired bring about food synergy.

Spinach and lemon
Spinach contains a substantial amount of iron. It is even better for you when you sprinkle it with lemon juice which will help your body absorb the iron more efficiently.

Broccoli and tomatoes
Broccoli is a healthy food whether cooked or eaten raw. Add a tomato with broccoli and it become healthier. Besides this pairing fights against cancer.

Tomatoes and olive oil
Tomatoes contain the fat-soluble antioxidants lycopene and carotenoids. They pair perfectly with olive oil that helps control cholesterol, blood pressure, and the growth of cancer.

Fish and curry powder
The heart-healthy omega-3s in fish as well as the fats DHA and EPA have been found to reduce cancer risk. The fish becomes more effective when used with curry powder.

Garlic and onions
The synergy of garlic and onions improves heart health. The nutrients in garlic combined with the nutrients in onions protect the heart by keeping arteries flexible and clear of plaque damage.

Mixed berries
Fresh berries are healthy when eaten by themselves, but are more nutritious when blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are eaten together.

Apples and apple peel.
Do not peel your apple. The apple flesh works best with the apple peel. In fact, most of the apple’s anticancer properties are in the peel. Together this pair reduces the risk of cancer.

Alfalfa sprouts and cherries
Combine alfalfa sprouts and cherries to lower cholesterol. This pairing has a strong antioxidant synergy that may help reduce oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. It could be the flavonoids from the sprouts working together with vitamin C from the cherries.

Flaxseed and soybeans
Flaxseed and soybeans fight breast cancer when eaten together. The combination of soy and flaxseed may be more beneficial than soy alone in controlling breast cancer growth.

Tofu and tea
There is reason people in Asian countries eat soy products and drink tea regularly. This combination has a powerful effect on the risk of cancer. Prostate and breast cancer are slightly lower in the Asian countries than in the United States. Green tea or black tea along with tofu is good food synergy.

Peppers and artichokes
By combining foods containing iron such as green leafy vegetables, dried fruit, artichokes and legumes with those packed with vitamin C such as tomatoes, peppers, and citrus helps the body absorb iron more efficiently.

Green tea and lemon
Adding lemon to green tea makes the nutrients five times stronger. If you drink green tea when you eat fish, it will block mercury from entering your bloodstream.

Avocados and tomatoes
The monounsaturated fat in avocados boosts the cancer-fighting properties of lycopene in tomatoes making it at least four time more effective.

Bananas and yogurt
Eating bananas and yogurt helps with the absorption of muscle-repairing glucose and amino acids.

You will just love this last combination.

Dark chocolate and apples
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, and apples contain quercetin, an anti-flammatory for a healthy heart. Not only is this combination a treat, the two foods also fight blood clots, improve circulation and reduces chances of heart disease.

There are other foods that work together to bring about food synergy. Perhaps you are aware of some. If so, feel free to post them below.

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