Did someone say “pass the cranberries?” There are dozens of tasty fruits and vegetables that have been incorporated into Thanksgiving dinners such as cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sauteed mushrooms, etc. Since there are so many options to choose from it is always a treat to know what health benefits you are obtaining when adding these vegetables to your meal.
To start, cranberries are a superfood that are high in antioxidants, antibacterial properties, and high in Vitamin C. This superfood actively fights to give your skin a radiant glow while fighting off bacteria in your gut. Cranberries are known to reduce redness, hyperpigmentation, and calm acne breakouts. Cranberries also contain fatty acids, specifically omega 3 and omega 6. The fatty acids help to firm and tighten the skin. These specific fatty acids in cranberries help soothe eczema symptoms. Green beans are high in Vitamin C and are high in folate and potassium. Folate and potassium in green beans work together to help regulate your blood pressure. Folate alone is Vitamin B-9 and is important for healthy cell growth as it regulates red blood cell production. Potassium has many benefits; the main benefit is that it helps regulate your blood pressure and build muscle. Spinach, avocado, sweet potato, white beans, and beets are some of the highest potassium filled foods! Mushrooms are filled with vitamins that carry oxygen throughout the body and fight to support a healthy immune system. Mushrooms also lower your sodium intake as well as lower your cholesterol. Mushrooms are usually sauteed with garlic which is a great immune system booster. Garlic is filled with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidants.
Biodermis wishes you a wonderful holiday filled with good company, love, and nutrient packed foods! It is always a good idea to make yourself feel good, so never stray away from foods you love. After all, apple, pumpkin, and cherry pie all have the real fruit and vegetable in it. Treat yourself!
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~ Article contributed by Riona Scafa