We always hear about how Mother Nature and natural foods can help your body do all sorts of things: lose weight, get more energy, etc. Well, here are foods that can actually save your life. Seriously.
Why it’s life saving: Arugula has one of the highest nitrate levels of any leafy green, helping to increase blood flow and therefore enhance performance. It’s also packed with flavonoids — antioxidants that fight heart disease and even some cancers. New research suggests it may also prevent ulcers.
How to eat it: Arugula can be slightly bitter, so dress it in a salad with a fruity vinaigrette to counter the bite.
Why it’s life saving: Of all leafy greens, collards are best at binding your stomach’s bile acids, which can help lower your cholesterol levels and even protect you from some cancers. Collards also contain a special class of phytochemicals that nourish the body’s natural detoxifying system.
How to eat it: Boiled collards are a soul-food staple, but unless you eat the broth, you’ll miss out on many nutrients. Steaming preserves more nutrients and increases bile-acid-binding activity. Jill Nussinow, a dietitian and chef, recommends kneading sturdy greens like collards or kale with olive oil for a few minutes before cooking to increase their flavor and make them easier to chew. Or massage with tahini and braise in garlic and lemon juice.
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