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8 Must-Have Summer Superfoods

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8 Must-Have Summer Superfoods

You don’t need to spend a fortune on exotic superfoods from distant lands to reap the amazing health benefits they offer.  With summer here, there are many great superfoods at your local market, farm stand, and maybe even backyard.  They offer some incredible health rewards but also a low environmental cost since most of these foods don’t have far to travel to get to your table.  While there are dozens of great summer superfoods, here are some of my favorites:

Avocados—Loaded with healthy Omega-9 fatty acids (the same fats found in olive oil, olives, and macadamia nuts), avocados speed the conversion of fat into energy and boost the rate of metabolism.  Avocados  have also been shown to improve blood vessel health.  They contain a nutrient called glutathione which blocks at least thirty different carcinogens and is required by the liver to properly detoxify many synthetic chemicals.  Researchers at the University of Michigan found that elderly people who had high levels of glutathione were healthier and less likely to suffer from arthritis.

Berries—Strawberries and blueberries and raspberries…oh, my!  Each berry could take its own rightful place on my summer superfoods list since they each offer so many health benefits.  Berries contain anti-pain compounds that are better than many drugs.  Check out my article Top 10 Sensational Summer Berries to learn the rewards of these delightful treats.

Cherries—The striking reddish-purplish color of cherries indicates their plentiful amounts of phytonutrients (plant nutrients), particularly anthocyanins and quercetin, both of which have potent antioxidant properties.  Anthocyanins are powerful protectors against brain disease and quercetin helps alleviate breathing disorders, reactions, and joint inflammation.  Cherries, like most berries, contain compounds that are anti-inflammatory and have been proven to be even more effective than some non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Grapes—Purple or red grapes are an excellent source of the phytonutrient quercetin, which has been shown to prevent depression, improve mental functioning, and lessen breathing problems linked to asthma.  Purple or red grapes also contain the phytonutrient resveratrol, which has many health benefits, including heart disease prevention and increasing longevity.  Ellagic acid, found in grapes, has also been shown to have anti-cancer properties.  Plus grapes are a good source of the mineral boron, which is needed for building strong bones as well as hormone-production, particularly in post-menopausal women.

Discover the superfood that contains rarely-found phytonutrients that protect cells and tissues from serious damage…

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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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6:50PM PST on Jan 2, 2014

Its summer here and I rolling in these yummy foods!

9:57AM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

all delicious

1:12PM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

thank you!

12:02AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

I love cherries(bing) every summer. I actually look forward for them.

8:05PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Thanks for sharing this; it seems to be refreshing treat for summers!!

9:40AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Love all these foods just wish avocados were cheaper and I would eat them all the time.

4:13AM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Refreshing treats

2:58AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

:-)

10:37PM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

And they are so good!

4:55PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

I love them all, and I always look forward to consuming them.

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