Ah, the lowly broccoli plant. One of Nature’s “good foods,” packing in plenty of nutrients and very low in calories. It’s a nearly ideal weight-loss food, as it provides most of the essential amino acids as well as several important vitamins. It’s great for diabetics, as it poses essentially no glycemic challenge.
There’s only one problem. Broccoli tastes like, well, broccoli. If you don’t like broccoli, then you should reverse course.
Why? Because broccoli is exceptionally good for your brain. The top nutrient that stands out in this regard is Vitamin K. This vital amine is implicated in calcium regulation in the body. In particular, it appears to help with heart health (the heart needs calcium in a particular amount, and too much calcium is bad for the heart arteries) and in the prevention of osteoporosis. It’s been suggested that Vitamin K prevents calcification (hardening of the arteries) in the brain. In case you’re wondering, this seems to be a portion of Alzheimer’s etiology.

Okay, you’re convinced now, right? So how do you avoid pouring on the salt and fat to make broccoli edible? How about a broccoli casserole that only has 170 calories per serving? If you’re not afraid of the calories because you burn a bunch, consider trying out one of our family favorites, Broccoli Delight. As always, there are thousands of options available.
Other vegetables, high in nutrients that are good for the ol’ noggin, include broccoli rabe, romanesco, kale, Brussels sprouts, and spinach. Spinach egg noodles are surprisingly good for you as well; they have about 75% of the Vitamin K that broccoli provides, per serving.

Okra: The Wonder Food!

Okra, also known as ladyfinger, bhindi, or gumbo, is a vegetable which is used across the world in a variety of cuisines and also has a reputation for being a health product. Its origin is unknown, but okra was popular in Ancient Egypt and Queen Cleopatra’s beauty is partly attributed to it.
One of okra’s greatest assets is the slimy mucilage which it contains. This is a rich source of soluble fiber which removes toxins from the gut, slows the absorption of glucose, softens stool to act as a laxative, promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria, and helps lower cholesterol levels. It also soothes the digestive tract, helps with ulcers, and aids peristalsis, the movement of stool along the gut.
Because okra is low in calories and also helps stabilise blood sugar, it is popular as a weight loss product. Its fiber content also makes it filling, which helps reduce cravings. It is also an excellent addition to the diet of those with diabetes, partly because of its effect on blood glucose levels, and also because it has been found to reduce kidney disease amongst diabetics.
Okra lowers cholesterol levels: