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Top 5 Disease Fighting Superfoods You Already Know

Berry Heart on PinkEvery week the β€œexperts” are adding new foods to the list of what we must eat for health benefits; or taking away our favorites by telling us that this month they might make us sick. Its no wonder most of us hear a term like super-foods and throw our hands up in exhaustion. Can’t they just make it simple for us? I have good news; it’s not as complicated as it may seem. Food is the fuel our bodies need to run; the more premium the fuel, the better the body will work. It’s as simple as that. Eating the right foods, like super-foods can help ward off the typical wear and tear that comes along with aging and prevent future damage.

Super-foods are termed super because they are said to have the ability to cure, heal and prevent a variety of aches, ailments and disease; not to mention, they keep your body working for you without needing extra tune-ups.

Here are the top 5 disease fighting super-foods that you may already eat. Add more of these to your diet according to Ediets.com.

BEANS:

Beans have been found to lower blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol as well as cut the risk of heart disease by 21 percent. They are full of antioxidants and, in some studies, have been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

BERRIES:

Strawberries, raspberries and especially blueberries have been touted as great sources for antioxidants. Berries are thought to slow the deterioration of joints as well, because of the vitamin C they contain.

NUTS:

Nuts are a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and they can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. Walnuts have especially high levels of omega-3s, which reduce the risk of heart disease and hypertension. Walnuts, almonds and pistachios are all high in arginine, an amino acid that increases blood flow to the heart.

GRAINS:

Researcher suggests that eating three daily servings of whole grains can reduce the risk of heart disease by 25 percent to 36 percent, stroke by 37 percent and Type 2 diabetes by 21 percent to 27 percent. Whole grains include oats, whole wheat, brown rice, bulgur and bran.

FISH:

Study upon study indicates that incorporating salmon into your diet reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol and helps prevent heart disease. New research is showing higher intakes of omega-3s preserves bone density, keeping your bones stronger and protecting against fractures. These omega-3s can also be found in other cold-water fish such as sardines, tuna and mackerel.

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