Paleo diet also known as the caveman’s diet emulates the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Here are 5 top paleo foods and their health benefits.
Shrimp contains the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant carotenoid nutrient astaxanthin. Experts say that astaxanthin provides antioxidant support to the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. It also decreases the risk of colon cancer. Shrimp is an excellent source of selenium. It reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, depression, type 2 diabetes and compromised cognitive function.
Salmon contains bioactive peptides that may provide support to joint cartilage. It controls inflammation in the digestive tract and increases the efficiency of insulin. Salmon has unusual omega 3 fatty acid content. This omega 3 fatty acids enhances your overall cell function, boosts brain performance and improves the transfer of information between body’s cells. Omega 3 fatty acids decrease the risk of several cardiovascular problems and increase your heart health.
Tuna contains the mineral selenium in an unusual form called selenoneine which prevents free radical damage to red blood cells. The omega 3 fats and potassium present in tuna helps reduce your blood pressure. It is rich in protein. Ideally, a single serving of tuna can contribute 80% of your daily protein needs. The omega 3 fatty acids present in tuna stimulates a hormone called leptin which balances food intake to your desire to eat food. Thus it helps in weight loss. The B-complex vitamins present in tuna boost your energy levels.
Zucchini can significantly help you in weight loss. It is extremely low in calories and boosts your satiety value. The presence of manganese, vitamin C, copper and phosphorous increases your overall health quotient. The nutrients present in zucchini prevents diabetic heart disease and atherosclerosis.
Coconut oil can be an excellent moisturizer for your skin. You can use it as a massage oil to boost blood circulation. It contains medium chained fatty acids called lauric acid that boost your heart health. Coconut oil helps in healthy growth of hair and makes your hair strong and shiny.
Moderation is the key to healthy eating practices. Bring in variety in your diet to optimize your health quotient.