Even More of the Healthiest Foods

by Mackenzie M. December 22nd, 2011 | Vitamins
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In the past I have written about some of the healthiest foods in the world.  In the final part of this series, I have included five more foods that are “super foods.” They are delicious, easily accessible, and most of all, they are wonderful for your health. Naturally these foods are packed with vitamins that can make you feel more energetic, and they are a perfect supplement to a healthy lifestyle. As with the other foods I have talked about, they are all found at most local grocery stores.

Lemons. Although some people cannot take the sour taste of lemons, they are one of the healthiest fruits in the world. A single lemon contains 100% of the daily vitamin C intake, which may also increase HDL “good” cholesterol levels and strengthen bones. On top of this, the flavonoids in lemons may also inhibit cancer growth and act as an anti-inflammatory. Even adding a slice of lemon to tea has been known to significantly increase antioxidant absorption.

Broccoli. Mom was not exaggerating when she said eating broccoli was good for you. A single stalk of broccoli exceeds 100% of daily vitamin K intake, and 200% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C. These nutrients help build strong bones and inhibit cancer growth. Instead of the traditional methods of steaming or boiling, microwaving preserves the vitamin C in the broccoli much better.

Dark Chocolate. It is no myth that dark chocolate is actually healthy. Believe it or not, it is even considered a “super food.” Simply eating one-fourth of an ounce of dark chocolate can reduce blood pressure. In addition, the cocoa is filled with flavonoids, which reduce “bad” cholesterol, and raise the “good.” Keep in mind that dark chocolate contains almost 40 more milligrams of flavonoids than milk chocolate.

Spinach. Popeye was strong from eating tons of spinach for a reason. Spinach is a traditional and versatile “super food.” Two immne-boosting antioxidants for eye health, lutain and zeaxanthin, are packed in spinach. It has also been proving to be one of the best fruit or vegetable in the fight against cancer. Spinach is a tasteless addition to smoothies, as well as the perfect base for a fresh, crisp salad. Keep in mind that spinach no longer has to be processed and canned. Try growing fresh spinach in a home garden for the healthiest spinach leaves.

Red Wine. One of my personal favorite “super foods” is red wine. Although technically a beverage, red wine shares many of the incredibly healthy effects of the other foods on the list. Red wine, when consumed in careful moderation, is very heart healthy due to all of the anti-oxidants and other ingredients that are known to prevent heart disease, increase levels of “good” cholesterol, and protect against heart damage. Remember, a glass of red wine is healthy, but when used excessively will have the exact opposite effect.

Try any of these five foods today, and be on your way to better health!

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  1. Lori McMillan says:

    Dark chocolate IS good for you…in moderation. Glad you shared this information.

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