It’s smoothie season! Have you ever wondered about are putting all these ingredients in your mix and why they are healthy for you? Below I have outlined just a few ingredients and why they are a great addition to your balanced diet.
These are rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These fats support muscle function and provide slow release of energy to offer long lasting satiety. They are also high in protein and vitamin E which help keep your heart and eyes healthy.
A good source of vitamin C and soluble fibre (soluble: you still get the fibre when you juice them). This has soluble fibre has been shown to improve intestinal muscles ability to push waste through GI tract.
Source of phenolic acids which have antioxidant properties and have been found to have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects. Antioxidants help protect cells in our body from being damaged from free radicals.
These contain carotenoids, flavonoids and polyacetylenes all antioxidants that help with strengthening eyesight and lowering cholesterol levels. Carrots also protect your liver, heart and have antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
A good source of protein, fibre and omega-3/omega-6 fatty acids. There are many nutritional benefits from omega’s not limited to prevention of cardiovascular, inflammatory and nervous system diseases.
This root has antioxidant, antibiotic and antimicrobial properties all related to phytochemical gingerol. It has improved cardiovascular health benefits because it regulates cholesterol and blood pressure.
Very rich in vitamins (A, C, K) and has phenols and carotenoids (more antioxidants), calcium and fibre. It supports detoxification related to the liver.
Rich in vitamin C that commonly known supports the immune system. Limonoids (phytonutrients) present in citrus fruits have been shown to help prevent cancer and help with cholesterol management.
This fruit helps your immune system and health because of the presence of several phytochemicals like coumarin acid and antioxidants (ex. Vitamin C). it also contains bromeliad which is an enzyme that assists with digestion and reducing inflammation.
High in vitamins, carotenoids, folic acids and minerals (iron and magnesium). This vegetable has high protein content helping with satiation and iron helps with energy levels.
I hope this posts helps you get off to a healthy start this summer.
Author: Lauren Smith, B.Sc., Physiotherapy Assistant