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Top 10 Superfoods

Posted Oct 15 2010 9:31am

Superfoods are great for improving personal health. Here are the top 10 superfoods:

1. Baked Beans

It may come as a surprise, but the good old baked bean is packed with nutritional benefits. Protein, iron, fibre and calcium are crammed into the bean and lycopene, a antioxidant that prevents heart disease and prostate cancer, is found in the accompanying tomato sauce.

2. Olive Oil

The monosaturated oil in olive oil has been shown to be good for the heart. Olive oil actively lowers the bad cholesterol levels and improves the good cholesterol levels.

3. Salmon

All fish contains a good source of minerals, vitamins and protein. Salmon is especially good, however, because its oils are a great source of omega-3, known to reduce blood clotting and inflammation.

4. Yoghurt

Yoghurt can greatly improve the condition of the large intestine and is a good source of calcium. ‘Friendly bacteria’ such as Lactobacillus pass through the digestive system and top-up the friendly bacteria levels in the large intestine, fighting harmful bacteria.

5. Brazil Nuts

Just a small handful of nuts, four times a week can reduce heart disease. Full of fibre, essential vitamins and minerals, Brazil nuts also contain selenium which is thought to combat Alzheimer’s disease, depression and even cancer.

6. Apples

Apples are packed-full of vitamin C and other important antioxidants. Apples contain pectin which can reduce blood cholesterol levels and improve the condition of the digestive system. They are also thought to help to control diabetic’s blood sugar levels and improve weight control.

7. Broccoli

Broccoli is a great source of antioxidants such as vitamin C. Broccoli is also a great source of naturally occurring folic acid (folate), which can vastly reduce the chances of heart disease. It even contains lutein, which helps to delay vision impairment, and sulphoraphane, which has anti-cancer properties.

8. Wholegrain Seeded Bread

Seeds and wholegrains in bread can defend against heart disease and weight control. These breads contain essential fatty acids and high-fibre, which will improve the digestive system.

9. Tea

Tea contains caffeine, which can improve mood, alertness and motivation. The antioxidant ‘catechin’ is found in black and green tea and prevents ’sticky blood clots’ and protects the artery walls.

10. Bananas

It’s a common myth that bananas are fattening, but are high in energy. The antioxidants found in bananas are great for preventing against cancer and heart disease. High levels of potassium lowers blood pressure and vitamin B6 can improve the condition of skin and hair.

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