Here are the foods that promote health and disease prevention that you should add to your daily diet.
1. Green tea prevents high cholesterol
Cholesterol is required by the body but must be limited. When eating foods high in cholesterol, fat can build up on artery walls and lead to heart disease – one of the leading causes of death.
An easy step to fight bad cholesterol is to switch to drinking green tea instead of coffee every day.
Certain compounds in green tea help prevent the absorption of cholesterol in the digestive tract and help excretion. In addition, green tea also improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol. In addition, green tea helps keep arteries cleaner by preventing the oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol), which can cause plaque to build up. This reduces the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
2. Garlic helps boost the immune system
Weak immunity can make you more susceptible to colds, flu and many other illnesses. This is because your body’s immune system – the body’s defense mechanism – cannot fight germs and other “invaders.”
Garlic can help you maintain a good immune system. Pure garlic contains a compound called alliin. When garlic is crushed or chewed, this compound turns into allicin. Allicin contains sulfur, making garlic health-promoting properties. In addition, garlic has vitamins C and B6 along with minerals like selenium and manganese that help boost the immune system.
A 2001 study in Advances in Therapy found that daily garlic supplementation reduced the risk of disease by 63% compared to the placebo group. The study also showed that people with colds who used garlic had symptoms for only 1.5 days, while patients with placebo had symptoms for 5 days.
A 2012 study published in Clinical Nutrition found that supplementing a diet with old garlic extract may increase immune cell function and this may be part of a slight decrease in colds and flu.