Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The 10 Superfoods For A Super Healthy Body

There are 10 superfoods proven, expert-beloved disease fighters and energy boosters. Add them to your meals and get on the fast track to a super-healthy body.  We will begin by looking at the first three of those ten superfoods.  Read below to see why these superfoods are a must for your diet as well as some great tips for each of them.


Why They're Healthy:
-- Just one lemon has more than 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C, which may help increase "good" HDL cholesterol levels and strengthen bones.

-- Citrus flavonoids found in lemons may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and act as an anti-inflammatory.

Quick Tip:
Add a slice of lemon to your green tea. One study found that citrus increases your body's ability to absorb the antioxidants in the tea by about 80 percent.


Why It's Healthy:
-- One medium stalk of broccoli contains more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement and almost 200 percent of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C -- two essential bone-building nutrients.

-- The same serving also helps stave off numerous cancers.

Quick Tip:
Zap it! Preserve up to 90 percent of broccoli's vitamin C by microwaving. (Steaming or boiling holds on to just 66 percent of the nutrient.)

Dark Chocolate

Why It's Healthy:
-- Just one-fourth of an ounce daily can reduce blood pressure in otherwise healthy individuals.

-- Cocoa powder is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants shown to reduce "bad" LDL cholesterol and increase "good" HDL levels.

Quick Tip:
A dark chocolate bar contains about 53.5 milligrams of flavonoids; a milk chocolate bar has fewer than 14.

I have a great idea!  Why not squeeze a little lemon on that brocolli after you zap it in the microwave. Serve the brocolli as a side dish with a wonderful meatloaf and have a BIG bar of dark chocolate for dessert.

Now that's what I call a great comfort meal!  How about you?

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