Not all foods are created equal. There are specific foods you need to know about that have unique properties, which actually transcend the realm of what you might normally believe is possible, and support your healthy body in amazing ways. I’m going to let you in on these power foods!
Barley is a power food. It’s been used by various cultures throughout history for many medicinal purposes. The entire plant can be used to elicit all of the benefits of barley. Barley is high in calcium, iron, and all essential amino acids, vitamin C, vitamin B12, and many minerals, plus enzymes. Barley has been shown to help heal gastrointestinal ailments, and can serve as a natural nutritional anti-inflammatory substance. Barley contains iron which has many biological functions, including carrying much needed oxygen throughout the body to every living cell. The vitamin C contained in barley can aid in the production of connective tissue that holds muscles, bones, and other tissues together. As a good source of vitamin B12 (cobalamin), barley can power up your ability to produce energy, and help your body utilize fatty acids and amino acids. Barley also contains calcium which is essential to bone strength, muscle contraction, and maintaining normal nerve function.
Eggs supply high-quality protein. They are actually my “power” protein for the day, of which I eat in abundance. Egg protein contains all the essential amino acids in a pattern that matches the human body’s needs. They provide a wealth of essential nutrients for maintaining good health and more than a dozen important vitamins and minerals. The egg is also one of the few foods that naturally contains vitamin D (which promotes bone health and helps support other bodily functions) in combination with other important nutrients like folate, iron, and vitamin B12.
Each egg yolk contains a mixture of essential fatty acids combined with other fatty acids that supply energy and omega-3 fatty acid that may help reduce the risk of heart disease. This fact actually flies in the face of the conventional lore that somehow the yolks are bad for you because of their cholesterol. Research has shown an egg eaten daily does not increase your risk of heart disease. In a large study of over 117,000 men and women followed for 8 to 14 years, eating 7 eggs per week was found not to increase heart disease risk. Unfortunately this has not revised public perception that eggs are someway bad for you. In terms of convenience, eggs make a great snack food because they are easily transported, individually portioned, and are widely available. For athletes wishing to increase their protein, eggs are fast and satisfying food that can be prepared quickly and eaten on the run, before an athletic event or after a long hard day.
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