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8 Must-Have Summer Superfoods

Leafy Greens—Packed with vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll (the green color), phytonutrients, and enzymes, leafy greens deserve a prominent place in your diet.  The darker the color the more intense the nutrients will be.  This is particularly true of chlorophyll—a good blood cleanser.  Most leafy greens contain high amounts of calcium and magnesium to help build strong bones, muscles, and a relaxed nervous system.

Related: 10 Tasty Kale Recipes

Plums—Plums are an overlooked superfood.  Most people never give plums a second thought yet these fruits contain some phytonutrients scarcely found in other foods:  neochlorogenic acid and chlorogenic acid, both of which are well-researched, potent antioxidants.  They are particularly effective at neutralizing a type of free radical called superoxide anion radical, which is a serious threat to healthy cells and tissues, including brain cells.

Tomatoes—Packed with vitamin C and lycopene, tomatoes are an excellent addition to your diet.  Lycopense has shown tremendous anti-aging and anti-cancer properties in research.  It even demonstrates the incredible capacity to protect genetic material against disease and damage.  It is showing tremendous promise against colon and prostate cancers.

Watermelon—While tomatoes get all the credit for their lycopene content, they are not the only good source of this phytonutrient.  Watermelons also contain these prostate-protecting, anti-aging, and disease-thwarting substances.  Watermelon is also high in vitamin C, beta carotene, and glutathione content—the latter of which helps to remove toxins from your blood and improve liver detoxification.

See: Cleansing Watermelon Recipes

What are your favorite summer superfoods?  I’d love to know.

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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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