Sometimes referred to as the fountain of youth, super foods have the power to turn back the hands of time. Packed with anti-aging and disease-fighting nutrients that are commonly missing from the average diet, super foods promote increased health and vitality, help with weight loss and taste great.

Loaded with antioxidants, that help prevent the cells in the body from being damaged by free radicals, these are the five most important super foods you should be eating on a regular basis.

Broccoli

Possibly the most super of all the super foods, broccoli is chocked with the antioxidants vitamin A, as beta-carotene, vitamin K, and has almost twice the vitamin C content of oranges. With a high amount of fiber, broccoli helps control hunger, to assist with weight loss, and keeps the digestive tract working smoothly. Broccoli can be eaten raw, which is the best way to reap all of its health benefits, or cooked in a number of ways. As with all vegetables, when cooked broccoli should only be light steamed, so as not to kill all the health-producing enzymes and antioxidants

Kale

Super for the eyes, kale is the highest natural source of lutein and zeaxanthin, both known to protect vision from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, which causes deterioration of the retina. High in vitamin K, calcium and potassium for strong bones, kale is also high in beta carotene and vitamin C, both of which have been linked to a reduction in the risk of several types of cancers. A member of the cabbage family, some varieties of kale can be somewhat bitter if eaten raw, so kale is usually steamed and served as a side dish, often with onions and mushrooms.

Blueberries

Containing powerful antioxidants, blueberries have high amounts of the phytonutrients pterostilbene, resveratrol, anthocyanins and flavonols, all of which have been shown to inhibit the development of cancer cells and are known to guard against age-related neurological disorders.
Blueberries are also known as anxiety relieving food as they contain vitamin c which our bodies crave when we are stressed and anxious. Research at Rutgers University has demonstrated that when eaten regularly, blueberries may help reduce or even prevent urinary tract infections. The nutritional values in fresh, frozen or dried blueberries are virtually identical, so they can be served in cereal, desserts, jams or by themselves at any time of year

Walnuts

Commonly thought to be harmful due to the high amount of fat, walnuts are a highly misunderstood super food. Beside the high linolenic acid content, which also protects the heart, the fats in walnuts are of the healthy Omega-3 variety, and the only nut to contain significant amounts of the healthy HDL. A good source of protein and a great source of fiber, walnuts promote healthy bone and muscle development while helping to reduce cholesterol. The presence of fatty acids in walnut also a good food to gain height. Great by themselves as a snack, walnuts can be added to salads, baked desserts and ice cream

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