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.
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