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3 Healthiest Foods for a Long Life, Strong Heart and Healthy Joints

In the quest for better health and disease prevention, people are increasingly expecting the quality of the food they eat. Fast foods, fried foods, candies, and foods made with genetically modified (GMO) substitutes are healthier. Research shows that food is more than just a nutrient to fill the stomach - it can ward off certain diseases and prolong one's life.

The first of the three healthiest foods is almonds. A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating 1.5 ounces of salted almonds, dry-fried daily (about 35 almonds) reduced overall hunger, did not affect weight, and helped people many to meet their ideal daily intake of Vitamin E.

Another study published on peanut nutrition appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. It shows that people who eat beans live longer than those who don't. The study involved 76,464 women and 42,498 men and found that the more times a week nuts are consumed, the greater the risk of death. Those who eat more beans have 29% more deaths from heart disease.

Wild caught salmon is one of the healthiest foods on earth. Oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel have been shown in Swedish studies to prevent the development of arthritis. The women in the study who ate only one serving of fish per week reduced the risk of developing arthritis by 52%. Fish and fish oil have also been proven to be good arthritis remedies for those who have them.

A study from Oxford University found that children who took fish oil supplements had a better night's sleep, with little improvement and almost an hour of sleep per night.

Regarding the use of fish oil for heart and artery health, a study was conducted at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Researchers have found that a diet rich in fish oil can prevent fat accumulation in the aorta, the main artery leaving the liver. The beneficial action of fish oils that prevents the formation of cholesterol in the arteries is found even at very high fat intake.

Broccoli contains a strong rainbow of vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients. It is a cruciferous vegetable, meaning that it belongs to the cabbage family. A major ingredient of broccoli known as "sulforaphane" has been shown to have anti-cancer benefits. The International Journal of Cancer presents a study of men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Those who consume cricket-containing vegetables have a 59% risk of significantly lowering the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Broccoli also contains a nutrient called indoles that can balance the hormone by blocking excess estrogen in the body. This is important for menopausal women when progesterone levels drop to almost zero, while estrogen is still present. Hormone imbalance can contribute to menopausal symptoms such as insomnia, hot flashes, irritation, night sweats, leg cramps, and mental depression. Eating some raw broccoli several times a week can help reduce symptoms.

Broccoli should be eaten raw or lightly steamed to maintain a higher level of sulforaphan and provide the most health benefits. A study from the Netherlands showed that the use of raw broccoli resulted in faster absorption and higher blood levels of sulforaphane compared to cooked broccoli.

Use healthy foods for good and long term health.


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