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Someone asked me once why I named my website Ready Nutrition. Quite simply, I explained that its not enough to be ready for all hell to break loose. You can have all the preps in the world, but without a well rounded diet, you wouldnt have the strength to engage in any form of rigorous activity to benefit your survival.
Being nutrition ready means storing the right types of foods that will benefit you in the long run. These types of foods are also known as super foods, and have health promoting or disease fighting properties beyond the basic function of supplying nutrients. Ironincally, most super foods are some of our favorite foods, so stocking up on them for an emergency food supply should be a no brainer.
10 Super Foods To Store
Garlic and onions are front runners for preventing a multitude of ailments. Members of the allium family (garlic, onions, chives, leeks) contain flavonoids that stimulate the production of glutathione which is an antioxidant in the liver. Glutathione filters out toxins and carcinogens that would otherwise harm the body. Members of the onion family also lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, reduces blood clots, destroys infection causing viruses and bacterias and helps fight against brain diseases such as Alzheimers. (Source)
Berries are rich in antioxidants and are packed with disease fighting properties. Blueberries have the highest amount of antioxidant properties and vitamins. Antioxidants such as Anthocyanin, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E will assist in removing free radicals and fight certain cancers. Berries also are a great source of Vitamin C. One cup of strawberries offers 100 mg of Vitamin C. Berries inhibit the growth of certain bacterias in the bodies which will assist in preventing urinary tract infections. Since constipation from dehydrated foods could be an issue in a long term emergency situation, blueberries can also aid in preventing this uncomfortable issue.
Broccoli is a pretty remarkable vegetable. Broccoli has the highest amounts of cancer fighting compounds and can prevent heart disease. Studies show that rats who were fed broccoli extract were more resilient to heart damage. Broccoli prevents the growth of bacterias in the stomach which can lead to stomach inflammation, ulcers and stomach cancer. This vegetable is also rich in Vitamin C and Calcium. Eating broccoli sprouts are also a great way to benefit from its nutritional properties. Sprouts are a high source of antioxidants.
Carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene, Vitamin E, Vitamin A . The high amounts of carotenoids assist in preventing heart disease. Carrots also protect vision, thus eating more carrots can help provide protection against macular degeneration and the development of cataracts. Research has suggested that physiological levels, as well as dietary intake, of carotenoids may be inversely associated with insulin resistance and high blood sugar levels.
Citrus fruits are Vitamin C powerhouses. Citrus fruits are known to lower ones blood pressure. Citrus fruits also assist in the absorption of iron and would be of great benefits to those who are anemic. They can also play a great role in preventing cataracts. Due to the high Vitamin C content, citrus fruits break down phlegm and can be used as natural cold and flu medicinal alternatives.