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Top 10 Superfoods for Fall

Olive oil
Several large studies suggest that the monosaturated fat in olive oil is good for the heart. Olive oil lowers bad cholesterol levels and increases good cholesterol. It is high in antioxidants–and is one of the superstars of the Mediterranean diet. Recent research shows that heart-attack survivors on a Mediterranean diet had half the death rates of those on an ordinary low-fat diet.

Tea
The caffeine content in tea is useful for stimulating alertness, mood and motivation, but is also a rich source of the antioxidant called catechins. Studies suggest that catechins protect the artery walls against the damage that causes heart disease and prevents formation of blood clots. It also does wonders for the spirit on a cool autumn day. See 9 Reasons to Drink Green Tea Daily.

Red Wine or grape juice
Grapes provide vitamin C, vitamin B1 and vitamin B6–red grapes also contain powerful phytochemicals (especially phenolics) that may help decrease risk of cardiovascular disease. These phenolic compounds are housed mostly in the skin of the red grapes, which is what makes red wine red and dark grape juice red or purple. Resveratrol, a polyphenolic stilbene found in the skins of red fruits including grapes, may be responsible for some of the health benefits ascribed to the consumption of red wine. Resveratrol has been shown to have anti-oxidant, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory activity.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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8:34AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

6:58PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Thanks for the interesting info. Superfoods are awesome. :)

3:55PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Thanks

1:39PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Thanks for the article.

9:39PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Thank-you for the interesting article. Maybe this time I'll get credits for doing a Daily Action & leaving a comment. Most likely this will be another futile attempt. But Care2 has 21 million members. I highly doubt they are all active. Anyone else having issues with logging in & staying logged in?

9:39PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Thank-you for the interesting article. Maybe this time I'll get credits for doing a Daily Action & leaving a comment. Most likely this will be another futile attempt. But Care2 has 21 million members. I highly doubt they are all active. Anyone else having issues with logging in & staying logged in?

10:23AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Yummm!!! Interesting Variety :-) Thnx

3:48AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

I think sweet potatoes are disgusting.

1:29PM PST on Dec 2, 2012

Great ideas, thank you for sharing!!

1:29PM PST on Dec 2, 2012

Great ideas, thank you for sharing!!

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