Energizing foods with extra health benefits!
Craving a little more vim and vigor to get you through your busy day? Happily, experts say you can easily power up your energy—and your health—just by enjoying . . .
1 Avocados . . . to better your blood pressure
Avocados’ potassium can cut fatigue 33% and lower blood pressure 10% in two months, reports the journal Phytotherapy
Research. Potassium relaxes and opens arteries, keeping blood pressure low, while raising the flow of energizing, oxygenrich blood to your brain, says study coauthor Bibi Razavi, PH.D.
2 Berries . . . to chase away anxiety
Enjoying three cups of berries (fresh or frozen) weekly could slash your risk of fatigue 50%— and help ease anxiety in as little as two weeks, Australian research suggests. The credit goes to berry pigments (anthocyanins), which rev your brain’s production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps you feel both energized and calm.
3 Oat bran . . . to cut your cholesterol
Do you breakfast on oatmeal? Research in the journal Nutrients suggests that making the switch from oatmeal to oat bran could chase away tiredness for almost twice as long. Oat bran is rich in beta glucans, nutrients that help your cells convert glucose into energy, says study coauthor Bob Steinert, PH.D. Bonus: Oat bran blocks fat absorption in the digestive tract, lowering artery-clogging LDL cholesterol as much as 9% in four weeks.
4 Radicchio . . . to bulk up bones
A daily one-cup serving of this red-leafed lettuce can end fatigue within 10 days— and lower your osteoporosis risk 50% Canadian scientists say. Radicchio packs lots of the vitamin K needed to energize brain cells and help bones retain calcium.