7 Disease-Fighting Superfoods to Upgrade Your Health

We’re hearing a lot of buzz about “superfoods,” but what does that really mean?

April 18, 2017
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While there is no strict scientific definition out there, superfoods are usually packed with essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, a hefty dose of fiber, or lean protein. Superfoods also typically have anti-inflammatory properties from healthy omega-3 fats and anti-aging benefits from antioxidants. 

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If you want to upgrade your health and well being while lowering your risk for disease, these seven superfoods are excellent places to start!

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1. Berries

Raspberries, blueberries and açaí berries are all rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which help slow aging and lower your risk of cancer and heart disease. High levels of omega-3s fight inflammation, while the fiber in berries balances blood sugar levels.

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2. Chia

These tiny black seeds aren't just for terracotta pets anymore! Chia is an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein and calcium. They're also great for anti-aging, boosting energy, and supporting bone health.

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3. Kale

This leafy green is almost synonymous with the word "superfood" because it packs such a nutritional punch. Just one serving of kale provides more than a day's quota of vitamins C, K and A, in addition to iron, fiber and calcium!

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4. Oats

This is a classic breakfast food for good reason! Oats are super nutrient-dense, with tons of protein, fiber and iron. (For a fresh and easy take on a healthy breakfast, try our Overnight Oats Recipes.)

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5. Salmon

An excellent source of clean, lean protein, salmon is also full of omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve your brain function and mood while fighting inflammation. Make sure you buy wild-caught salmon, which is better for both you and the environment than the farmed variety.

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6. Turmeric

The main ingredient in curry, this spice is also known as curcumin. Turmeric is one of nature's most powerful anti-inflammatory foods, and is rich in iron, manganese, vitamin B6 and fiber. 

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7. Quinoa

This grain-like seed contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein that's ideal for vegans and vegetarians. It's also an excellent source of fiber and iron. This versatile food can make a great quinoa breakfast bowl or substitute for grains in your lunch or dinner.

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