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15 Alkaline Superfoods that Prevent Obesity, Cancer and Heart Disease

Alkaline Superfoods: Maintaining optimum body pH is important to maintain the normal well-being and functioning of the body. Acidic and processed food increases acidity and increases the risk of developing inflammatory diseases, heart diseases, and metabolic diseases.

Alkaline-natured food helps in balancing body pH and preventing many diseases. It helps in proper utilization of minerals such as calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphate, magnesium, etc. These minerals are important for healthy bones and also in maintaining lean body mass. Acidic food harms the body and should be avoided.

If you want to control your weight, prevent cancer and heart diseases include the following alkaline superfoods in your diet

1. Spinach: 

This leafy vegetable has several important nutrients such as vitamins B6, K, A, C, and niacin. It is also rich in minerals, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and zinc.

The minerals present in spinach helps in maintaining the pH of the body and also in maintaining lean body mass. It is good for the circulatory system as it is rich in iron and has a positive effect on heart health. It is a powerful antioxidant.

2. Lemons: 

This sour-tasting fruit is available globally and is every household item. It is rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is effective in reducing blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The soluble pectin fiber gives you the feeling of fullness and people tend to eat less. Hot lemon water is also associated with weight loss and cancer. The amount of lemon used in foods can be helping in preventing the development of cancer cells. The lemon prevents the formation of kidney stones.

3. Cauliflower: 

It is a low-calorie diet, with a good source of fiber, slows digestion and suppresses hunger for a long time. The antioxidants prevent free radical damage and inflammation. It is shown to be effective in preventing cancer and heart diseases

4. Avocados: 

They are rich in monounsaturated oleic acid which is heart-healthy and reduces cholesterol, triglycerides, inflammatory markers, etc. It increases good cholesterol.

Avocados can prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells, and also in reducing the side-effects of chemotherapy. The indigestible plant fiber contributes to weight loss.

5. Grapes: 

Traditionally used for making wine, the fruit is packed with several vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. The anti-oxidant polyphenols reduce the risk of cancers such as pancreatic, lung, endometrial, esophageal, prostate, mouth and colon cancer.

The ingredients resveratrol, quercetin, anthocyanins, and catechins are also found to help prevent cancer. Grapes are also efficient in reducing cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc.

6. Broccoli: 

It is rich in fiber and fiber-rich diet is associated with reduced risk of heart diseases. It keeps the blood vessels strong and fights bad cholesterol. The bioactive components present in broccoli reduce the incidence of cell damage and the formation of cancerous cells.

It is found to be protective in breast, prostate, gastric, colorectal, renal and bladder cancer. Broccoli is good for overall health as it is composed of iron, vitamins E, K, C, B6, copper, and potassium.

7. Carrots: 

They are composed of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. The carotenoids have protective action against prostate, colon and stomach cancer.

Carotenoid prevents free radical damage. High intake of carrots reduces the bad cholesterol levels and low-calorie diet is fulling and is effective in weight loss.

8. Berries:

The delicious and nutritious strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, white currants, red currants, and blackcurrants are rich in antioxidants and fiber.

Regular consumption of berries provides vitamin C and helps in fighting against heart diseases and also has a diuretic effect. Berries are also digestive that helps in easy processing of the food.

9. Olive Oil:

It is widely used in the Mediterranean diet and is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids. People in these regions have longer life expectancies and have a protective effect on heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Olive oil reduces the risk of breast cancer.

10. Bananas: 

This fiber-rich fruit is composed of potassium, manganese, magnesium and B vitamins. They are good on the digestive system and helps in reducing weight.

Low sodium and high potassium present in banana help in controlling blood pressure. Bananas boost immunity and reduce the risk of cancer.

11. Flax seed: 

Omega-3 fatty acids present in flaxseed disrupt the growth of cancer cells and prevent the formation of cancerous cells.

Antiangiogenic lignans stop the formation of blood vessels and hence tumor growth. It has beneficial effects on heart health.

12. Buckwheat:

The heart-friendly fruit is composed of rutin, magnesium, copper, fiber, and certain proteins. It prevents the formation of blood clots and blood pressure. Butyrate and other SCFAs components help in preventing cancer. 

13. Apples and Plum:

The apples are delicious nutritious foods that help reduce weight and also healthy for heart, They are easily digestible fruit gives you the feeling of fullness.

14. Melon: 

The pH of melon is 8.5 and is a good antacid. It helps in flushing toxins from the body and keeps you hydrated. The high water content helps you in reducing weight.

Low-sodium and high-potassium concentration help in maintaining BP and reduces the risk of heart diseases.

15. Cucumbers:

As we all know cucumber is a great source of hydration and at the same time helps in maintaining BP. They possess anti-inflammatory properties which reduce the incidence of cancer and heart diseases.

Alkaline superfoods offer several health benefits, so make sure you are including alkaline foods such as lemon, apple, buckwheat, carrots, broccoli, bananas, etc, in your diet. These foods are very helpful in reducing the appetite due to their fiber-rich content or appetite suppressing ingredients.

These natural components also have ingredients that improve the circulatory system and heart health.

Most of the alkaline superfoods are rich in antioxidants and or contain anticancer or anti-angiogenic properties that prevent the formation of cancerous cells.

Dr Maria

MD. Board Certified physician. Fellowship In Family Medicine UK. 8 years of medical experience in Lifestyle-related health disorders. Graduated from AIIMS – All India Institute Of Medical Science, INDIA

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