Power food: Key to healthy living

By Ritika Samaddar in Dietetics

Oct 16 , 2015 | 1 min read

Power foods contain some ‘magical nutrients’ which are essential for a woman’s good health. You get them from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc. The secret to youthful skin, healthy bones and prevention of diseases can be found in your kitchen. Even if you are diligent about your diet, you’re likely to fall short of some vital nutrients called the micronutrients and antioxidants. Here’s a quick guide to a list of super foods:


A bowl or two daily is excellent for your digestive system as yogurts are loaded with probiotics. It is a good source of protein and calcium too.


Any green vegetable from spinach to coriander or mustard adds to the fibre content besides being loaded with antioxidants to fight the free radicals.


A tablespoon is all that is needed to provide the recommend dose of Omega 3 fatty acids to fight inflammations, heart diseases and obesity, which makes this ancient flaxseed our modern miracle food. Add a teaspoon or two in your salad or breakfast cereal and get the maximum benefit.


Oats are rich source of many nutrients and photochemical including soluble fibre, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. So make them an integral part of your breakfast as they are not only convenient to prepare but also nutritious and heart-friendly.


A complete protein food with minerals and vitamins and biotin, which is good for your hair.


Beans are the source of protein enriched with minerals and fibre and have medicinal values for diabetics.


Taking 25 gms of soya protein daily can protect our heart. It is also an excellent source of isoflavones, which protect against breast cancer and prevent most menopausal symptoms.


They provide protein and many essential vitamins such as B and E, minerals as potassium, selenium and magnesium. They also contain omega 3 fatty acids, which are vital for brain development and reduce the risk of heart diseases.