The power of ten
Posted on 12 March 2017
These 10 fresh, seasonal ingredients are packed with goodness and help to keep your body in tip-top condition for winter. Don’t forget that eating a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables every day is necessary to optimise your nutrition.
Red pepper. 100 grams of red pepper give you 136% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, which is important for healthy skin, teeth and eyes.
Papaya. Just 100g – roughly a quarter of an average- sized papaya – gives you your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, which keeps the body’s immune system in good shape to fight off colds and flu.
Broccoli is full of health- boosting antioxidants such as vitamins C and A that protect the body from free radicals.
Avocado is high in folate, which is essential for cell repair.
Bananas are a great on-the-go source of potassium, an electrolyte our bodies need to control the electrical activity of the heart.
Kale is very high in vitamin K, an essential part of the body’s blood-clotting process.
Mushrooms are rich in vitamin D, selenium and antioxidants that help to keep your body at peak performance.
Almonds – rich in immune-boosting vitamin E.
Turmeric – the active ingredient (and bright yellow colour) in turmeric is curcumin, a natural anti-inflammatory.
Spinach – high in potassium, iron, vitamins A & C, antioxidants, betacarotene.
For some healthy recipes using these foods, download issue 30 of the Mediclinic Family magazine and go to page 39.