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Daily Bite: 5 Super Foods for Better Health

October 17th, 2012 by eHealthGuide

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Experts have identified several "Super Foods" that are so called because they do much more than just provide calories. These special foods protect your cells, prevent diseases and promote longevity.

Here is a short list of five super foods that are super good for you.

1. Broccoli

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables have been shown to have cancer-fighting properties. Eating cruciferous vegetables two to three times every week is a smart way to improve your health and reduce your risk for cancer.

2. Almonds

To protect your cells, eat almonds. This tree nut contains vitamin E, which is known as a potent antioxidant. Snack on almonds, about a handful, between meals to meet your daily requirement for vitamin E. These are a much better snack choice than breads or crackers, because in addition to being an excellent source of antioxidants, they are low in carbohydrates and chock full of protein.

3. Salmon

You hear about good fats and bad fats. Salmon is rich in good fats -- omega-3 fatty acids -- that are known to improve brain function and protect your heart. Eat salmon two to three times a week to help boost your moods and memory, and for optimal heart health.

4. Whole Grains

Whole grains are packed with goodness. Heart disease prevention, cancer risk reduction and blood glucose level stabilization are just a few benefits of whole grains as evidenced by many studies. Additionally, if you buy whole grain wheat bread, you will benefit from a substance found in wheat bran and wheat germ called trimethyglycine (TMG), which increases production of brain chemicals that increase energy and alertness. Choose from whole grains such as wheat, rice, rye, spelt, oats or quinoa. If you're trying to lose weight, whole grains can fill you up and help to fight hunger.

5. Blueberries

Blueberries are easy to digest and full of antioxidants. They have been studied for their benefits in fighting age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's. Additionally, whole blueberries provide fiber and good dose of vitamin C. To build immunity and get your fiber and vitamin C, put blueberries high on your list of fruits.

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