5 super foods to add to your diet


There are many super foods to add to your diet that will turn your health around ... photo by CC user suckamc on flickr

Looking to overhaul your eating habits from the train wreck they presently are? There are many super foods to add to your diet that will add nutrients to your diet that have long been in short supply, while still providing you with the energy and satisfaction you need on a daily basis. Let’s look at five foods you should try as soon as possible…

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1) Acai

While studies on this berry are still being carried out, it is apparent that acai’s antioxidant properties offer much for those looking to get nutrients into their diet. Recent data has shown that this berry works to lower cholesterol levels, increase gastric flow and fight against the aging process. Future studies may validate its reputation as a cancer fighter as well, which is an unverified claim made anecdoteally by adherents.

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2) Broccoli

Many kids may malign this vegetable, which admittedly has an acquired taste. However, this green has a laundry list of nutrients that make adopting it into your diet a very wise decision. Like acai, broccoli also lowers the levels of bad cholesterol in your system, while it also has a detox effect via the presence of a phytochemical known as Glucoraphanin. Being high in kaempferol as well, Broccoli is also a key ally for those fighting allergies, as this compound dampens their inflammatory effects.

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3) Blueberries

When dessert rolls around, treat yourself to a nice bowl of blueberries. Tart, sweet and a favorite of many people already, blueberries are also rife with a lot of compounds that will help you improve your health as you snack on them.

Found to increase good cholesterol (HDL) and lower triglycerides, it is a great compound for your cardiovascular system, and with antioxidant protection along with its other compounds, it also has been shown to help protect cognitive function as one ages.

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4) Avocado

Contrary to what most people think, not all fats are bad. In fact, many of them are essential to the daily functioning of your body. Avocados are crammed full of monounsaturated fats, which actually aid the function of your cardiovascular system instead of hindering it.

In addition to this, it also contains anti-inflammatory compounds, which further aid in reducing the chance of the development of cardiovascular disease as one’s age progresses.

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5) Salmon

While consumption of this nutrient-rich fish should be limited to a serving or two per week due to the bio-accumulation of heavy metals in most marine animals like it, the benefits of including it in your diet far outweigh this small risk. The key compound in salmon are Omega 3 fatty acids, which protect your nerve, brain and optic cells from oxidative stress over time when consumed regularly.