With such a variety of superfoods to chose from, odds are that many of the superfoods are already on the personal favorite list. To make the superfood list, a food has to provide more than just great taste, the food must also provide at least one major health benefit. Incorporate these 52 superfoods into a daily diet to help fight diseases, boost energy and promote weight loss.
Acai Juice is rich in anthocyanin, which boosts disease fighting antioxidants in the blood stream.
Apples contain the antioxidant Quercetin, which reduces the risk of lung cancer.
Avocados contain healthy fat which helps the body absorb nutrients and keeps you feeling fuller longer to promote weight loss.
Asparagus is rich in bone-building vitamin K. Asparagus is a natural diuretic that will help the body shed excess water weight.
Blueberries protect the brain from inflammation, preventing memory loss.
Brazil nuts contain more selenium, an antioxidant that offers protection against cancer, heart disease and boosts the immune system, than any other food. One brazil nut contains an entire days’ worth of selenium.
Blackberries are rich in disease fighting antioxidants.
Baked potatoes are rich in potassium which helps to lower blood pressure.
Barley contains the fiber and beta-glucan, which lowers cholesterol and helps regulate blood pressure
Bananas are a good source of potassium and resistance-starch fiber which promotes weight loss.
Broccoli sprouts contain 10% more cancer preventing glucoraphanin than regular broccoli.
Bran flakes promote heart health by reducing inflammation and bran flakes promote weight loss by targeting belly fat.
Black beans are rich in protein, fiber and antioxidants that promote artery health.
Brown rice is a great source of magnesium which the body needs to convert food into energy and also to build strong bones.
Brussels sprouts contain a cancer fighting compound called glucosinolates.
Bok choy is rich in calcium to promote strong bone growth.
Cauliflower, like Brussels sprouts, contain cancer fighting glucosinolates.
Collard greens are loaded with vitamins and nutrients like vitamin A and lutein for healthy eyes.
Canned pumpkin is rich in cancer fighting beta-carotene and alpha-carotene.
Canola oil is a heart healthy oil that contains alpha-linolenic acid and two types of vitamin E.
Dried tart cherries contain concentrated amounts of anthocyanins that work to lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar.
Edamame contains protein, fiber and the immature soy beans work hard to lower cholesterol.
Eggs are high in protein and low in calories. Eggs also keep the feeling of fullness going longer after a meal, promoting weight loss.
Fat-free milk provides calcium, vitamin D, muscle building protein and boosts energy.
Flaxseed is rich in plant omega-3s and helps prevent certain types of cancers.
Grapesare loaded with heart healthy Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that work hard to fight diseases.
Greek yogurt contains twice as much protein as regular yogurt.
Kiwi is high in vitamin C and reduces asthma symptoms.
Lentils provides meat-free protein, fiber and B vitamins.
Mustard greens are low in calories and rich in vitamin K for healthy bones.
Oranges are rich in vitamin C and calcium.
Olives contain heart healthy monounsaturated fat and are low in calories.
Oysters help keep the immune system strong, are rich in iron, zinc and selenium.
Prunes are packed with polyphenols that help keep bone strong by increasing bone density.
Peanut butter contains the amino acid, arginine, that promotes blood vessel health.
Salmon is rich in heart healthy omega-3s.
Steel-cut oats are less processed than traditional oats, providing both fiber and promoting weight loss by keeping the feeling of fullness lasting longer.
Spinach is rich in vitamin K, which promotes strong bones and blooding clotting ability.
Strawberries are loaded with ellagitannins, a phytochemical which stops the growth of certain types of cancer.
Sardines are a top source of omega-3 fats and vitamin D.
Scallops are a low calories source of protein.
Shitake mushrooms are rich in vitamin D.
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, which helps protect the immune system and vision.
Soy milk is a good source of plant protein and contains as much calcium and vitamin D as cow’s milk.
Sunflower seeds keeps the heart healthy and helps fight infection with their high content of vitamin E.
Tea (black and green) prevents hardening of the arteries.
Tomato sauce contains more lycopene than fresh tomatoes. Lyconpene reduces the risk of heart attacks and keep the skin looking younger.
Turkey breast meat is a low calorie source of protein.
Wheat germ is a rich source of vitamin E and selenium.
Walnuts provides the omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid, which improves memory and coordination.
Watercress is low in calories and packs a huge punch against cancer with it’s cancer-fighting phytochemicals.
Whole wheat English muffins are a low calorie source of fiber.
With a total of 52 super foods to choose from, it’s easy to mix and match the food choices and not get bored. Try adding a new superfood to the menu each week to fight diseases, boost energy and promote weight loss.