The 5-color diet: what it is and how it works

With the arrival of the hot first courses do you feel tired and weak? Or you find yourself dealing with little ones seasonal disturbances (swollen legs, inflammation of the urinary tract)? «Rediscover well-being at the table», advises doctor Carla Lertola. 

"With the menu you see below you can fill up on mineral salts, vitamins and antioxidants. Consuming fruits and vegetables of all colors. The portions are always the same (400 g per day for strawberries & Co. also counting the doses used to prepare smoothies), but no limits for salads and vegetables.

It is not the quantity that changes, but the quality. Because each color indicates the presence of different beneficial substances". Let's see which ones, with the help of Camilla Zambelli, pharmacist and dietician.

BLUE / PURPLE anthocyanins, useful for capillary fragility and water retention (accentuated by the heat) and the prevention of cystitis.

GREEN chlorophyll, anti-anemic, and folic acid, which participates in the synthesis of hemoglobin and in the functioning of the nervous system.

WHITE polyphenols which fight inflammation and stimulate the immune system.

YELLOW / ORANGE vitamin C, which improves the elasticity of blood vessels, and / or beta-carotene, which acts as a sunscreen.

RED lycopene, which beats free radicals and defends the skin (and other tissues) from aging.

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