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10 Super Foods

Many of us believe that the healthiest foods are the ones with the most exotic-sounding names, the ones that appear to have been conjured up in the mind of Dr. Seuss. However, the most beneficial super foods can be bought at your local supermarket.

 

Avocados

avoc

  • Rich source of glutathione – a powerful antioxidant known to block over 30 different carcinogens
  • Packed with antioxidants and good fats, which help in reducing wrinkles
  • High in fiber, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium

 

Garlic

garlic

  • Tops the National Cancer Institute’s list as a potential cancer-preventive food
  • It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food that protects against heart disease
  • Has vitamins C and B6, manganese and selenium

 

Acai Berries

acai

  • Named by nutritionist Nicholas Perricone as one of the greatest foods in the world
  • There’s also amino acids and essential fatty acids to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health
  • Packed full of antioxidants which can help combat premature ageing

 

Quinoa

quinoa

  • A source of calcium; useful for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant
  • Considered a complete protein because it contains all eight of the essential amino acids
  • Is known as a super grain, but it is actually closely related to spinach

 

Broccoli

broccoli

  • Boosts your immune system
  • Helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels
  • Contains folic acid, vitamin C and carotenoids

 

Oily Fish

oily fish

  • Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which help reduce risk of heart disease
  • Omega 3-rich seafood might help slow down macular degeneration
  • Protects against the build-up of cholesterol on the artery walls

 

Goji Berries

goji

  • Contains huge amounts of vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and vitamin E
  • More vitamin C than carrots and oranges
  • Contains all 18 amino acids

 

Tomatoes

tomato

  • Low in calories
  • Contains lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant
  • They also help against various types of cancer

 

Blueberries

blueberries

  • Contain anthocyanosides, which are beneficial in preventing all types of cancer.
  • Said to help with memory loss
  • Helps prevent contagious bacteria from damaging major organs

 

Adzuki Beans

adzuki beans

  • These small red beans have one of the highest antioxidant ratings among superfoods
  • A good source of carbohydrates, potassium, iron and many more
  • Low in fat and have anti-ageing properties

Source(s): Metro