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Did You Have Your Superfood Today?

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Did You Have Your Superfood Today?

Energy boosters to add to your diet.
Susan Smith Jones Ph.D.
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Nov 30, 2009 at 09:00 AM

You can eat your way to vibrant health! Get your new, healthy lifestyle off to a great start with these 6 age-defying, heart-strengthening, cancer-busting, energy-boosting and body-slimming Superfoods. These Superfoods are easy to find in your supermarket or natural food store. Also, just make sure that they are included and available in your health-promoting kitchen.

  1. Almonds: Two ounces of almonds give you more than 50 percent of your daily magnesium requirement—a mineral that’s important for heart health. Eating almonds every day for at least a month has been shown to reduce cholesterol and lower other risk factors for heart disease. A study also suggests that they may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  2. Apples: Eating an apple a day could very well keep the cardiologist away. Current studies suggest that eating apples regularly reduces the risk of stroke and your chances of dying from a heart attack. They lower cholesterol and also appear to decrease the risk of lung cancer.
  3. Avocados: Avocados have more protein than any other fruit. Sometimes known as “nature’s butter,” they have only about a quarter of the fat calories contained in the same weight of dairy butter. Ounce for ounce, they also provide more heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, folate, potassium and fiber than other fruits. They also exceed other fruits as a source of the powerful antioxidant lutein, which appears to protect arteries from hardening and the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration.
  4. Bananas: Monkeys may be wiser than we think—their favorite food is among the most nutritious of tropical fruits. Fiber from green, unripe bananas reduces bad cholesterol and increases the good by as much as 30 percent, while a ripe banana is one of the best ways to soothe an upset stomach. Bananas are a wonderful source of energy, can relieve heartburn and will also help decrease the risk of stroke.
  5. Broccoli: Broccoli has almost twice as much protein as steak—11.2 g per 100 calories compared with only 5.4 g. (Most of the calories in meat come from fat, but the calories in green veggies come from protein.) Broccoli is one of nature’s most potent Superfoods. It has been proven effective against cancer, heart disease and a host of other serious conditions. Its powerful sulforaphane content delivers a double punch to cancer-causing chemicals — destroying any carcinogenic compounds that you have ingested, then creating enzymes that eat up any carcinogens left over from that reaction—and it also contains indole-3-carbinol, which helps your body to metabolize estrogen, potentially warding off breast cancer.
  6. Cinnamon: This ancient spice (obtained from the bark of Asian evergreens) and highly versatile flavoring helps to relieve bloating and stabilize blood sugar. Cinnamon contains methylhydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP), which speeds up the processing of sugar in your body. Put cinnamon sticks in your tea or water, or sprinkling just a tiny amount on desserts, fruits, cereal and into smoothies. This will make your insulin release much more efficient, which may slow aging and help ward off diabetes and obesity.
About Author
Susan Smith Jones Ph.D.
Susan Smith Jones, Ph.D., has authored a variety of audio programs, 20 books, and hundreds of magazine articles. For 30 years, at UCLA, she taught students, staff, and faculty how to be healthy and fit; and is internationally renowned as a holistic h Continue reading