Valentine’s Day is all about going ‘red’. This year, say “I Do” to these five healthy foods. What a coincidence: They all are RED!!!
When we talk about red foods, the first thing that comes to mind is tomatoes.
A good source of vitamin C and beta carotene, this fruit is bound to prevent you from certain cancers. The pigment lycopene (one of the most powerful antioxidant), due to which tomatoes get its natural red color, prevents you from heart diseases.
Want to look youthful? A regular consumption of tomatoes protects you against sun burn.
Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. A polyphenol in red wine, Resveratrol, prevents from damage to blood vessels and reduces "bad" cholesterol.
Moderation is the Key!! While one glass red wine with your evening meal may be beneficial, an excess can have adverse effects on health.
This heart-healthy food contains flavanoids that act as strong antioxidant, preventing your body from free radical damage and cancer. Red onions have most amount of ‘quercetin’; a flavanoid that is known for anti- inflammatory (prevents from cancer) and anti- histamine (fights against allergies) properties.
Did you know? Onions have been used as the most effective herbal medicine since prehistoric times.
Red Chili peppers
Spice up your meals with this wonder element. Chili peppers contain a substance called capsaicin, which gives peppers their characteristic pungency. Capsaicin is known for its anti- Red chili peppers have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol, triglyceride levels and prevent from blood clots.
Rich in Vitamin C, red chili peppers helps boost immunity.
A beet a day can keep you happy. ‘Betaine’, a natural compound in beets enhances the production of the body’s natural mood-lifter serotonin.
This super food detoxifies your liver and helps the body to eliminate toxins thus preventing the build-up of fatty deposits. The nitrate present in beet root helps reduce blood pressure and fights against heart diseases.
Did you know? Young beetroot leaves are better source of iron than spinach.
Did I mention? Beet has powerful aphrodisiac properties.