My favorite super foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, that minimize the cell damage that can lead to heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases. Although one of the best ways to stay healthy is to eat a wide variety of vitamin-rich foods, nutrient-dense super foods offer more bang for your buck. Load up your grocery cart or basket at the market, and enjoy them every day to boost your intake of vitamins, minerals, and other key nutrients that benefit the body and immune system.
Purple, Red, and Blue Grapes
Grapes, especially dark-colored ones, are loaded with phytochemicals, antioxidants that may help protect against cancer and heart disease.
Berries, especially raspberries and strawberries, contain a phytochemical thought to help protect against cancer-causing agents in the diet and environment.
Nuts are one of the most balanced foods on the planet, offering a dose of “healthy” fats and plant-based protein. Most nuts contain phytochemicals such as resveratrol and plant sterols, which can help lower cholesterol.
Blueberries contain many of the vitamins and minerals known to strengthen the immune system, along with key phytochemicals that may help protect against cancer and heart disease. They also appear to reduce inflammation.
Dark Green Veggies
Broccoli, spinach, kale and collard greens belong to the esteemed dark green vegetable group. These super veggies are high in nutrients that help fight disease, including vitamins C, E, and A, and calcium. They’re also loaded with magnesium and potassium. These veggies are also loaded with antioxidant phytochemicals that may offer cancer-fighting properties.
Although both white and sweet potatoes provide important nutrients such as vitamins C and B6, potassium, and fiber, sweet potatoes have more of these nutrients. They also offer calcium and plenty of vitamin A.
Tea offers two potent phytochemicals — anthocyanin and pro anthocyanin. Each of these antioxidants helps fight inflammation and may help block cell damage that can lead to cancer.
Switching to to whole grains can significantly benefit your health by reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and some forms of cancer.
Beans offer an incredible array of nutrients of vitamins and minerals. Green soybeans and soy provide vitamin C, calcium, zinc, and selenium. Lentils and black-eyed peas are rich in folate and zinc. Black beans and kidney beans also offer a substantial amount of folate.