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10 Top Superfoods You Should Try

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by Sarah M (subscribe)
A freelance writer living in Perth, WA. My blog is coming soon. Watch this space!
Published January 11th 2013
Superfoods for a super you
Superfoods are usually foods that have high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These foods are very often simple and delicious, require minimal processing and are good for your health.

They don't need to be exotic or imported foods - in fact, you can find most of them in your local supermarket.

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Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

1. Natural Yoghurt. Natural Yoghurt is packed with probiotics or 'good bacteria'. These live cultures aid intestinal problems and are good for the digestion.

2. Garlic. Garlic is full of Vitamin C and helps with cardiovascular health. Garlic has been used for thousands of years as a medicine for respiratory problems, and to help with digestion and low energy.

3. Blueberries. Blueberries contain high levels of antioxidants and micro-nutrients. Some studies have shown that eating blueberries can lower cholesterol and blood sugar. Blueberries are very versatile and can be used in many ways, such as in muffins or jams but are also delicious when eaten fresh.

4. Beetroot. Beetroot is a rich source of antioxidants and nutrients, it's good for the liver and helps it to detoxify. Beetroot can also help with inflammation in the body. Beetroot, and the juice from it, has been shown to help reduce high blood-pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular problems.

5. Avocado. Avocados are high in fibre and contains lots of Vitamin E and good fats - healthy for your heart. They have also been shown to help lower blood cholesterol levels.

6. Asparagus. Asparagus contains high levels of folic acid with is good for hormonal or pregnant women. It is high in vitamins and dietary fibre and low in calories.

7. Salmon. Salmon is useful in the reduction of toxins, stress, illness and injury. Salmon is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids which is important for brain function.

8. Cinnamon. Cinnamon is full of fantastic antioxidants. It can be used in sweet or savoury foods and is a very aromatic spice. Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years as a medicine to treat freckles, the common cold and kidney troubles. Cinnamon is thought to help in lowering blood glucose and helping to control type 2 diabetes.

9. Turmeric. Turmeric can help to reduce inflammation in the body and is also though to help prevent dementia. Turmeric is thought to help with arthritis and diabetes. Research is underway to see if Turmeric can help with other diseases such as cancer and lung injury.

10. Green Tea. Green Tea has been used for thousands of years and is thought to have many health benefits. Green Tea contains, among other things, enzymes, amino acids, lipids and sterols. These things can lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. Regular drinkers may have a lower risk of developing heart disease and cancer. Green Tea has been shown to aid in weight loss and to reduce body fat mass.

These are just a few Superfoods that you should try. There are many more including broccoli, spinach, pumpkin, brussels sprouts and tomatoes. Superfoods contain natural vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which have many health benefits, and should be incorporated into a health diet.
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Cinnamon as a superfood is new one for me. That's good to know; you can feel that you're being healthy while using it in cooking.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12050) 2101 days ago
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