7 easy-to-find super foods
The American Dietetic Association reports that food can be among our best medicines for fighting cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis and can assist in maintaining our youth. Surprisingly, many of what nutritionists call “superfoods” are commonly available at your local grocery store:
- Kiwi: The little fruit from New Zealand has more vitamin C than an orange and contains 20 percent more potassium than bananas. In addition, it is one of few fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin E.
- Mushrooms: They may get a bad rap for being a fungus, but the most popular mushrooms, the small brown crimini and the beefy Portobello, are as rich in antioxidants as string beans, red bell peppers and carrots. Researchers at Arizona State and Penn State universities also report mushrooms may help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.
- Raspberries: If you’re trying to find another reason to add these luscious berries to your diet, consider that they have been shown to improve bone mineral density, a powerful incentive for women facing osteoporosis.
- Walnuts: If you’re not into fish, a Loma Linda University study revealed that the omega-3 oils in walnuts may lower cholesterol more effectively than those found in salmon.
- Red beans: Sure, they’re not as glamorous as açai or pomegranates, but they have been ranked as No. 1 out of 100 foods in antioxidants by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Swiss chard: If you’re trying to boost your memory, this vitamin-B laden leafy vegetable may do the trick.
- Spices: Boost the flavors and the health elements of your superfoods with turmeric for memory health, coriander for its anti-inflammatory properties and mustard seeds to fight cancer and aid in digestion.
For more information on superfoods and how to incorporate them into your diet, consult a nutritionist or dietitian.