Black Beans are Beneficial

1012 copyWith over 4000 antioxidants, black beans contain the highest amount of antioxidants compared to every other variety of bean. Black beans also contain flavonoids, which not only cause their rich black shell color, but also credit them to being an excellent source of phytonutrients. Because they are rich in healthy fiber, adding black beans to your diet can keep you feeling fuller, longer.*

The healthiest way to cook black beans is on a stovetop; just add three cups of fresh water for every cup of dried beans. Bring the beans to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, partly cover your pot for one to one-and-a-half hours until your black beans become tender.

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Dark Chocolate Protects You From Sunburns

chocolateFlavonoids found in dark chocolate can protect you from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Unlike processed milk chocolate, dark chocolate contains high amounts of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and UV protecting flavonoids. While you should always avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, dark chocolate can provide some added protection to your sun bathing routine.*

Dark chocolate can increase oxygen saturation and even boost blood flow. Purchase only the best dark chocolate available by looking for labels that read 60% pure cocoa (or more).

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Amazing Health Benefits of Cabbage

We all want to avoid diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s; recent studies show that by eating red cabbage can help. Cabbage is a part of the cruciferous family with other vegetables like broccoli, arugula and cauliflower. Cabbage can protect you from these health risks because it is packed with antioxidants and flavonoids that protect your body’s cells from damage done by free radicals. In addition to these benefits cabbage has been known to help with constipation, stomach ulcers and inflammation. This healthy vegetable is packed with vitamins, fiber, omega-3 oils, protein, even calcium.

All of the different types of cabbage (red, green, Savoy, Napa and bok choy) provide health benefits. You can enjoy raw cabbage immediately after washing it; just slice it up to add some tasty crunch to your salads.

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White Tea for Your Health

White tea is made with young leaves that are gently steamed and then dried. This process is believed to help lock in their natural nutrients. Teas (black, green, white, etc.) are full of powerful antioxidants, but white tea comes out on top having almost three times the amount of antioxidants as any other tea. White tea is also beneficial to your heart in that their flavonoids “help to prevent plaque proliferation in your arteries.” White tea can also help lower cholesterol levels, improve blood circulation, reduce your risk of cancer by minimizing cellular damage, and they also help to strengthen your bones.[1]

Since white teas have a milder and sweeter flavor with less caffeine, they are often a great way to get started in adding tea to your lifestyle.

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[1]http://www.livestrong.com/article/265282-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-white-tea/
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