6 foods to eat for your best body—inside and out.
Eat this: CURRY
Here’s why: Turmeric, the spice that gives Indian curries their intense yellow color, contains curcumin, a phytochemical that has been shown to boost memory and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Did you know? Curcumin has been used for centuries in both Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine to treat wounds, digestive disorders, skin diseases and a host of other health problems.
Eat this: KALE
Here’s why: It’s loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, two important nutrients that filter harmful, highenergy blue wavelengths of light and act as antioxidants in the eye, reducing the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Did you know? One cup of chopped kale provides 206 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin A and a whopping 684 percent of vitamin K.
Eat this: GRAPES
Here’s why: They’re a rich source of the polyphenol resveratrol, which laboratory studies suggest may inhibit the formation of tumors in breast cells.
Did you know? The skin of the grape contains the most resveratrol, and the red and purple varieties contain significantly more of the phytochemical than the green kind.
Eat this: AVOCADO
Here’s why: It’s a great source of monounsaturated fat, which can help lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels while raising HDL levels. Avocado also aids in the absorption of carotenoids, powerful antioxidants that are essential for heart health.
Did you know? One cup of avocado provides nearly a quarter of the recommended daily intake of folate, a vitamin that reduces the risk of birth defects.
Eat this: ONIONS
Here’s why: They’re members of the allium vegetable family, which has been shown to help prevent stomach cancer. According to a review of 21 research studies, people who ate the most allium vegetables were 46 percent less likely to develop stomach cancer than people who ate the least.
Did you know? Freezing your onions for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting will help keep the tears at bay.
Eat this: SALMON
Here’s why: It’s high in several bone-boosting nutrients— calcium, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids (which recent research suggests may reduce the risk of hip fractures in postmenopausal women).
Did you know? Salmon is good for your skin! Those omega-3s replenish the lipids in the skin, helping to improve elasticity and reduce moisture loss.