supermarket produce CC Trishhhh

For many of us, a trip to the market is all about satisfying the taste buds and satiating our bellies.

Yet, grocery stores are brimming with food items that are packed with healing nutrients. Since there are so many more potential benefits to be enjoyed by the food we eat, why not make the market your own personal pharmacy?

Here’s how to use them to your advantage, boosting your health the natural way.

The damage control “drupe”

Otherwise known as the plum. This incredibly antioxidant-rich fruit uniquely contains phenols, which protect against free radical damage.

The functional fiber Avacado-Flickr-arash rk-CC-500px

In addition to being delicious, avocados are also powerful detoxifiers due to the unique way these high-fiber fruits combine with oils. Thus, avocados help our organs to function better. Science now indicates eating one a day may lower bad cholesterol, too.

cayenne-pepper-plant-cc-Maja-DumatThe heart pepper

Chili peppers containing capsaicin have been shown to decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes in individuals. An added benefit: capsaicin revs up our metabolism to help us burn fat and lose weight.

“I Take Cayenne Pepper Every Day and Feel 15 Years Younger”

The underground pain relievers garlic and onion CC Danielle Scott

Heart healthy and anti-inflammatory, garlic and onions are loaded with beneficial sulfur compounds. They’ve been known to reduce joint pain and swelling, help lower cholesterol, and could even help you lose weight.

The fat that burns fat

Pure virgin coconut oil is a special fat made up of medium-chain triglycerides, which are immediately used for energy, rather than stored as belly fat. It also boosts digestion and nutrient absorption.

tomatoes CC Marc WellekötterThe cancer fighter

Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, which has been clinically proven to protect our bodies from prostate cancer. They also provide cardiovascular support and promote bone health.

The anti-aging agent

Stocking your freezer with frozen berries is an easy and cost-effective way to get your daily dose of nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds. Throw them in a morning smoothie and you may even reduce the rate at which your body ages.

 The natural pick-me-up pair green apple CC .tungl

If you can’t have caffeine, try this alternative: a green apple and a glass of H2O. They’re going to give you more energy, for a longer period of time, than a cup of black coffee.

The anti-inflammatory superstar

Pineapple contains key enzymes that help break down proteins and eliminate those acids that build up in our bodies and eventually lead to disease and ailments.

Adopting these functional foods into your regular shopping routine will ensure your body is nourished, protected, and actually thriving. What healing recipes will you cook up?

Photos: CC: Trishhhh, arash rk, Maja Dumat, Danielle Scott, Marc Wellekötter, tungl

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