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5 Superfoods For Better Health

A List of 5 Top Superfoods for your Health

The more I read and study, the more evidence I find that what you eat makes a huge difference in your overall health. Many foods promote disease while others prevent disease. The more nutrient rich food you eat, the better it is for your health.

Following is a list of 5 superfoods that are very good for your health.

1. Blueberries – Blueberries rank at the top of all fruits in terms of having the highest antioxidant capacity. They contain anthocyanins (more than red wine) which protect against cancer. They are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, manganese, selenium, and zinc. Blueberries, along with other fruits, can prevent or delay visual problems. They are high in fiber, low in calories, and contain anti-inflammatory compounds. Blueberries, like cranberries, help prevent urinary tract infections.

2. Broccoli – Broccoli, a member of the cabbage family, offers incredible health benefits. It is a very good source of carotenoids, calcium, folate, and Vitamins A, K, and C. A diet high in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and cabbage is shown to prevent several types of cancer. Broccoli is a low glycemic food, a good source of fiber, and has been found to be cardio-protective.

3. Nuts – Nuts contain heart-healthy fats and are high in fiber. They contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and are a good source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Nuts can help reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Most nuts are high in arginine which can help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. You should have several small servings per week to get the greatest benefits.Some choices: almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts, pistachio nuts

4. Quinoa – Quinoa is usually listed as a grain but is actually the seed of a plant related to spinach. It is lower in sodium content and higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc than wheat, barley, or corn. Quinoa is a complete high quality protein (has all 8 essential amino acids). In fact, The World Health Organization rates the quality of the protein in quinoa to be at least equivalent to that in milk. It is gluten-free, low glycemic, and high in fiber. It can be used as a substitute for any grain.

5. Salmon– Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3, a fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation. It is high in protein, low in saturated fat, and low in calories. It is a good source of Vitamins D and B12, selenium, and magnesium. Salmon promotes cardiovascular health, can help control high blood pressure, and can lower your risk of several types of cancer. The cold water variety is best.

I hope you are already eating some or all of these superfoods. If you aren't including these foods in your diet, you might consider adding some or all of them.

By: M Conley Stone

To find more information on eating right and better fitness go to: Get Fit