Keep your body at its strongest by teaming up with these food superheroes and fight your way to feeling stronger and healthier than ever before.

Blueberries – Bursting with fiber, vitamin C, and cancer-fighting compounds, these powerful little berries can do a whole lot to help the body, and may help improve memory.1

Kale –Kale can be prepared in a variety of ways: boiled, steamed, roasted, and stewed – eat it the way that works best for you. It is a great source of fiber, calcium, and iron, and contains more antioxidants than most other fruits and veggies.2 Talk about food that packs a punch!

Green Tea – While green tea isn’t a food, it still makes our list thanks to the presence of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which has been shown to slow irregular cell growth, which could help aid in cancer prevention.3

Lemon (+green tea) – In a study put out by Purdue University, research found that the addition of squeezed lemon juice to green tea “caused 80 percent of tea’s catechins to remain”4, and catechins display health promoting qualities. The only problem is that catechins are rather unstable in non-acidic environments, but citrus acids help remedy this. Talk about a health-promoting duo!

Salmon –Full of omega-3 fatty acids, this healthy choice may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.5

Ginger – This all-natural remedy helps calm an upset stomach and aid in inflammation.6

Pumpkin – Pumpkin spice is twice as nice when you learn that this festive gourd is full of beta-carotene, which helps aid in immune boosting and strengthening eye health.7

Cranberries – The berry that does it all, including acting as an overall health booster, fighting against inflammation, the risk of heart disease, oral health, prevention of ulcers, yeast infections and even some cancers!8 Boom, that’s a food superhero we can get behind!

Garlic – Vampires beware, but humans take note. This powerful clove can help treat high blood pressure, heart disease and even help prevent certain types of cancer.9

Dark Chocolate – Probably the most decadent superfood on our list. Just one-fourth of an ounce daily can help reduce blood pressure.10 So go ahead, treat yourself.

Interested to learn more about which foods do the body good? Check out our article Food Options to Drop Weight & Tone, and ask us your nutrition-related questions here!

Sources:

  1. LD, Megan Ware RDN. “Blueberries: Health Benefits, Facts, and Research.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 5 Sept. 2017, medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287710.php.
  2. Morin, Kate. “25 Greatist Superfoods and Why They’re Super.” Greatist, Greatist, 29 Dec. 2016.
  3. Ibid
  4. Main, Douglas M. “Citrus Juice, Vitamin C Give Staying Power to Green Tea Antioxidants.” Citrus Juice, Vitamin C Give Staying Power to Green Tea Antioxidants, Purdue University News, 13 Nov. 2007.
  5. “Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.” Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, American Heart Association.
  6. Morin, Kate. “25 Greatist Superfoods and Why They’re Super.” Greatist, Greatist, 29 Dec. 2016.
  7. Ibid
  8. Ibid
  9. Ibid
  10. Sagon, Candy. “Dark Chocolate Helps Lower Blood Pressure, Heart Disease Risk – AARP Bulletin.” AARP, aarp.org/health/medical-research/info-03-2011/dark-chocolate-can-help-lower-your-blood-pressure.html.

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