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10 Power Foods for the Olympian in Everyone

Red Wine (5693): While red wine is not the best choice for everyone (those suffering from brain disorders, hormonal imbalances, diabetes, among others should avoid alcohol), 5 ounces of red wine ranked high on the USDA ORAC table. Grapes and grape juice are an excellent alternative to red wine for those who want to avoid the alcohol or sulphites.

Artichokes (boiled 1/2 medium, 5650): Barely eaten in North America, these Mediterranean staples are a delicious and nutritious addition to any diet. I found 20 excellent recipes on Canadian Living’s site if you aren’t sure how to add artichokes to your diet.

Cranberries (1/2 cup raw 5271): It can be tricky to add raw, unsweetened cranberries to your diet, but these nutritional powerhouses are worth the effort. They are particularly good for anyone suffering from a urinary tract infection thanks to their proven antibacterial properties. I juice or blend them with some apple and add a bit of water to reap their benefits.

Pears (one medium, 5235): Not only are pears high on the ORAC scale, but like apples they contain an important type of fiber called pectin which has been proven to bind to harmful heavy metals in the body to escort them out through the bowels.

Pecans (1 ounce, 5086): Choose raw, unsalted pecans to reap the best antioxidant powers of pecans. Pecans are also high in the B-complex vitamins: thiamine, pantothenic acid, folate, and B-6, all of which are important for energy levels and balanced moods.

While few of us will have the opportunity to partake in the Olympics, we can all enjoy high performance foods that help us live life to the fullest.

Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional 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 Phytozyme Cure. 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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