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10 Power Foods for the Olympian in Everyone

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Unsweetened dark chocolate (14479): Anyone who ever said healthy eating couldn’t taste great hadn’t considered the antioxidant capacity of dark chocolate. For anyone who is used to sweetened chocolate, it may be an adjustment to taste the bitterness of dark chocolate. Eating one square of baker’s chocolate daily offers tremendous antioxidant powers.

Elderberries (10655): Not only do raw elderberries rate high on the ORAC scale, they have proven antiviral ability, making them an especially good choice if you’re fighting off a cold or flu virus, or a more potent virus like HIV or Epstein Barr (linked to chronic fatigue syndrome). One half cup of raw elderberries was the amount used to determine its impressive ORAC score. It may be difficult to find elderberries in some communities. They are also available in dietary supplement form.

Apples (Red Delicious, 7781 and Granny Smith, 7094): Maybe there is truth to the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” One raw red delicious or Granny Smith apple daily packs a potent punch against free radicals.

Pomegranate Juice (100 percent pure pomegranate juice, 5923): For me, the taste of pure pomegranate juice rivals chocolate for the top-tasting antioxidant food on this list. As with all juices, be sure to dilute it 50:50 with water and sip slowly to prevent a sugar rush.

Prunes (dried plums 1/2 cup uncooked, 5700) and Prune Juice (one cup, 5212): Not just good for keeping the bowels moving, prunes are excellent superfoods with the ability to destroy age- and disease-related free radicals. Be sure to choose prunes that are free of sulphites. And, dilute juice 50:50 with water.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and the upcoming book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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6:22AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Good article, very useful to know and very informative, thank you. Something to consider the next time I go shopping.

6:07AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

thanks

5:53AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

I have never seen fresh elderberries.....sigh

5:53AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thank you...

5:30AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thanks for the list. Nice to know I can eat from it and be ready to "pump iron"!

5:19AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thanks.

5:18AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

great advice!

5:16AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

I found the article informative but the statement about the need to avoid alcohol if you suffer from hormonal imbalances is a sweeping statement - if not an outright howler! Because of the way that nature made us, most women of childbearing age and beyond suffer from hormonal imbalances and God forbid we had to avoid alcohol all our grown-up years :)

5:14AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Good info, Thanks

5:08AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

good one

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