Foods That Provide Healthy Benefits When Eaten Together

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There are some foods that naturally combine together, even though they don’t provide much healthy benefits. However, the combination of some other types provide huge health benefits that can provide you immense nutritional needs.

For Unlimited Energy All Day, Pair up: Onions & chickpeas
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that sulfur compounds in onions, garlic, and leeks can help you absorb more iron and zinc from grains and legumes.

Since Iron is involved in oxygen transport in the body, a deficiency can cause fatigue and brain fog. A combination of onions and chickpeas or legumes of your choice will ensure that you have the energy you need all through the day.

To Absorb More Disease-fighting Omega-3 fatty acids, Pair up: Wine with fish
Some researchers in Italy found out that women who consumed as little as one glass of wine a day had higher blood levels of the omega-3 fats found in such fish as salmon, and sardines.

The same results were not found for beer or spirits but some researchers are of the believe that the heart-healthy polyphenol antioxidants in wine might be responsible for improved omega-3 absorption.

These disease-fighting fats may also be associated with a lower risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness.

According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, white wine contains its own distinct polyphenol compounds that give it the same heart-protective qualities as red. But drinking too much alcohol is associated with increased breast cancer risk, so limit wine consumption to one or two glasses a day.

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To Make Your Heart Healthy, Pair up: Green tea & lemon juice
Catechins are powerful antioxidants found in green tea. A Japanese study conducted on more than 40,000 adults found that those who enjoyed at least one cup of green tea daily were less likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those who didn’t.

A separate Purdue University report also found that adding a splash of citrus juice from a lemon, lime, or grapefruit to green tea reduces the breakdown of its catechins in our digestive system, making them even more readily absorbed by the body.

For Reduced Cancer Risk, Pair up: Apples & raspberries
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition determined that the anti­oxidant ellagic acid (found in raspberries, pomegranates, walnuts, and cranberries) enhanced the ability of quercetin (an antioxidant found in apples, grapes, onions, and buckwheat) to kill off cancerous cells.

Food scientists have discovered a lot of such bioactive phytochemicals in fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains. Researchers are of the opinion that these chemicals often work better in pairs or groups, proving that supplements with single nutrients can’t be compared with the healing power of whole foods.

To reduce PMS symptoms, Pair up: Salmon & sesame seeds
Just three ounces—about half a can of salmon fish provides more than the daily requirement of vitamin D. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found women who had the highest intake of vitamin D as well as calcium, lowered their risk of PMS by 30 to 40 percent.

While calcium can be gotten from dairy products,it can also be found in sesame seeds, almonds, and leafy greens such as kale.

To Refuel After A Workout, Pair up: Yogurt & bananas
Since exercise burns glucose, post-workout bouts of low blood sugar are not uncommon for people with type 2 diabetes. To prevent such hypoglycemic attacks, you can combine a carbohydrate (banana) with protein (yogurt).

Carbohydrates replenish your blood sugar levels and protein increases fullness and prevents blood sugar levels from rising too quickly.

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Written by Eugene Nyavor

Eugene Nyavor is the Founding Editor at Gh Links.

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