7 nutritional powerhouses you should be eating

These “superfoods” can help you maximize your health and fight disease

SUMMARY: You might be surprised at the amazing health benefits of these easy-to-find “superfoods,” including cardiovascular health, bone health, and diabetes support.

Broccoli

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Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with vitamin K, vitamin C, chromium, folate, and fiber. Studies suggest that broccoli is helpful in preventing cancer and reducing inflammation in the body. Try eating it raw or steamed to preserve valuable nutrients.

Pumpkin

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Pumpkin and other winter squashes are an excellent source of vitamin A, a compound essential for eye, cell, and immune system health. It also plays a role in blood sugar regulation and prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Salmon

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Salmon is a bonanza of omega-3 oils, the fatty acids needed for cell function and brain health. But salmon has other health benefits, too, including joint cartilage health and insulin control. If you are concerned about mercury contamination, try wild-caught Alaskan salmon which has less contaminants than some farmed sources.

Tea, Green or Black

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Green and black teas are both tasty and extremely beneficial to your health. Recent studies have shown that tea drinkers had lower rates of liver disease and cancers, depression, and stroke. Enjoy both green and black teas either hot or iced.

Tomatoes

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Summertime's treat is a wonderful source of lycopene, a compound important for bone health (including reducing the risk of osteoporosis). Tomato consumption is also linked to heart health can act as a natural blood thinner.

Walnuts

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Walnuts are an excellent source of healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids. Adding raw walnuts to your diet can reduce the impact of metabolic syndrome, help control blood sugar and insulin metabolism, and offer anti-cancer benefits.

Yogurt

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Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and has been shown to have a protective effect against hip fracture. It also has been shown to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes in several large-scale studies.

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FROM THE HHN EDITORS:
March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to incorporate tasty and healthy food choices into your diet. To see more superfoods, click here: Including Superfoods in Your Diet

Sources: WebMD, The World’s Healthiest Foods, and Aaron E. Carroll in the New York Times

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