Thursday, June 6, 2013

Superfoods You Should Eat

Pomegranate reduces inflammation!

Pomegranate juice can reduce cancer-causing inflammation in the body and stave off the progression of coronary heart disease. Drink it plain, or add some pomegranate juice to this energy-boosting fruit salad, which also fights wrinkles.

Dark chocolate reduces stress!

Not like you need an excuse to indulge in dark chocolate, but a few ounces a day of the concentrated, 75% cocoa stuff, can actually lower your bad cholesterol, prevent your arteries from clogging, and reduce stress. Nibble some squares, or try dark chocolate fudge frosting; just make sure to get dark enough cocoa.

Blueberries boost brainpower!

These natural sweet treats are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, which help fight disease, as well as anthocyanins, which has been shown to increase brain functions. This blueberry breakfast smoothie packs an extra punch with a hint of flaxseeds, another proven superfood.

Broccoli protects your bladder!

Remember all those times your mother told you to eat your broccoli? Well, she might have been on to something. Cruciferous vegetables have been shown to protect against bladder cancer. This broccoli salad is a light and healthy side dish.

Garlic guards your colon!

This antioxidant-rich food is not only flavorful, but can reduce your risk of developing colon tumors.

Flaxseeds battle breast cancer!

These small brown seeds are packed with fiber and loaded with lignans, which have been shown to slow tumor growth in women with breast cancer. They also contain magnesium to help control blood sugar, and omega-3 fatty acids to lower triglycerides and reduce inflammation. Make your own whole wheat flaxseed bread.

Soy strengthens your bones!

Tofu and other soy products aren't just for vegetarians. Consuming soy can reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer, lower cholesterol, and boost your bone strength. It can even help with hot flashes in menopausal women. These teriyaki noodles with tofu are a flavorful, healthy meal.

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