66 Super Foods to Help You Live a Longer & Healthier Life

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A recurring theme you’ll see in our list of superfoods is that they’ll usually provide support to a major organ needed to live. There are foods you can eat that benefit the heart, brain, liver, and other vital organs. Another benefit that is commonly shared is the presence of antioxidants used to battle free radicals and help keep us free from disease and fight the aging process.

Some of the super foods on this list may surprise you. It's a must read for anyone that cares even a little bit about their health & happiness.

In order to reap the benefits you don’t have to change your diet around so that you’re only eating these foods, but the more of them you can incorporate into your diet, the better. And some might be worth adding to your daily intake of food.

almonds

Almonds

Because of the healthy fats they contain, almonds are a good way for you to reduce the risk of getting heart disease. They effectively lower your LDL cholesterol, often referred to as the “bad” cholesterol. Almonds have been credited with helping you feel full when they’re added to a meal, helping to stave off hunger as a snack between meals and prevent you from eating too many calories. Consider using almond butter that contains only almonds if you aren’t a fan of chomping on whole nuts.

apples

Apples

Turns out there’s a lot of truth in the apple a day adage. Aside from the obvious benefits of containing fiber and helping regular digestive bacteria, apples contain polyphenols that offer an assortment of benefits. The most impressive of which is they’re able to help regulate your blood sugar levels, which can be of great use in weight loss, and help you stay focused throughout the day. To get the full benefit, consider spending a bit more for organic rather than conventional. In addition to having more vitamins and antioxidants, you’re leaving out a lot of the toxins and pesticides that get sprayed onto conventional apples.

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apricots

Apricots

These are another heart-healthy fruit option, and can help out your eyes due to the high beta-carotene usually attributed to carrots. They also contain fiber and antioxidants in the form of vitamin A. The other great quality is that they taste good, with a tart and sweet flavor that makes them a welcome addition to the range of fruits that you eat.

asparagus

Asparagus

The major takeaway on asparagus is that it hits on two levels: it provides antioxidants, and also works as an anti-inflammatory, so you’re fighting free radicals and making it easier for your body to maintain it’s natural state of being. Asparagus is also a prebiotic food, so it feeds the good bacteria in your gut to contribute to immune and digestive health. We recommend adding asparagus to your diet especially if you have Crohn’s disease.

avocados

Avocados

Avocados do contain a decent amount of fat, but it’s the good kind of fat, and these can actually help your heart, rather than weigh it down. Guys: avocados can help with the prevention of prostate cancer. Other top benefits are that it can help prevent other chronic diseases, keep your cholesterol at healthy levels, and help prevent strokes. Useful if you have a family history of stroke.

bananas

Bananas

Most of us know that bananas contain a good amount of potassium, but they are also a good source of fiber. When combined, these two features make bananas one of those foods you should try to consume on a daily basis. Why is potassium so important? It helps to regulate your blood pressure, and this does a great service to your overall heart health, and well-being.

basil

Basil

Basil is an herb that has a lot going for it. The flavonoids it contains may help ward off DNA damage. This alone would be a good idea to pick up some fresh basil the next time you’re out. There are a lot of recipes that call for basil, but the one that packs the most basily punch is pesto. With the other ingredients of pesto also being good for you, namely garlic, pine nuts, and extra virgin olive oil, this is a tasty sauce that can break up the marinara routine.

beans

Beans (several kinds)

Beans are getting more and more attention as a good carbohydrate to balance out protein dishes. This is because they don’t spike your blood sugar levels like simple sugars do, and they contain a good amount of fiber. There are plenty of varieties to chose from, such as kidney beans, kima beans, navy beans, pinto beans, and the one that’s most commonly found: black beans.

beets

Beets

The betalains in beets aren’t found in many foods that make it to the dinner table, and unless you want to eat prickly pears, this makes a better option. They’re a staple in menu items like Greek salads and can be cooked up as a side item by following one of the many recipes found online. Research shows that beets reduce inflammation and oxidative stress while improving cognition and endothelial  function. If you don’t like the taste of beets there are several ways to cook them up so you’re not just eating a mouthful of straight beets.

bell peppers

Bell Peppers

Whether you go with green, red, or yellow bell peppers, you’re going to get good nutritional value, not just in the form of phytonutrients, but also from vitamin C, which bell peppers are a surprising source. They’ve also got antioxidants in them that can help you avoid diabetes, and can help you prevent a buildup of cholesterol, which can lead to a host of other problems.

berries

Berries

Many types of berries can offer you plenty of antioxidant support, as well as add a burst of flavor to a dish, a meal, or all by themselves. Blueberries have been shown to help reduce inflammation and help you avoid cardiovascular diseases. Goji berries rank extra high in antioxidants, and raspberries contain a good amount of potassium, which can help with blood pressure levels.

P.S. Take a look at the 5 veggies that boost female metabolism and burn off lower belly fat.



Users Comments:

  • Beth London

    How important is it that these superfoods be organically grown and non-GMO? Does that matter to their effectiveness?

    • Love Your Planet

      It is very important to choose organic fruit and vegetables, because these ones contains the live enzymes, which are beneficial to your body and help to regenerate the cells in your body and help you to get rid of the toxins. Furthermore organic fruit and veg have much more vitamins, the chemicals destroy the nutrients, furthermore you are consuming them chemicals, too. The GMO modified fruit and veg might no longer be purely vegetarian, as they put animal hormones into the vegetables and in addition they have many negative effect on your health, such as food allergies, negative reproductive effects, toxicity and many more. The right choice is definitely the organic fruit and vegetables from the local farms.

    • jamie

      sometimes it could be that if a fruit or plant is a GMO its been modified which mean it could have to potential to lose some of its original ‘goodness’ its best to stay as local and fresh as you can, it will not only be good for you but your local economy.

  • Rachel B

    Good food of course will help you live healthier and longer, but I also heard that fruits and vegetables nowadays are not the same as they were in the past. For example tomatoes only contain quarter of nutrients it used to contain when it was farmed the old fashioned way and nowadays it’s more like water. Then again almonds, apricots, beans and such are much better for our body even when they’re not as good as they were in the past, when compared to our current diet which consists of high fructose syrup, high fructose syrup, and high fructose syrup. I guess there’s no excuse to not eating healthy no matter how you look at things.

  • Jonathan

    I would start things off with almonds, apples, bananas, beans, brown rice, carrots, and few other foods because they’re relatively affordable. The problem with eating healthy nowadays is that everything and anything healthy is generally expensive. I’ve cut down on fruit shopping because they’re so expensive, but I should really try to find other things to cut down on before I stop eating healthy.

  • Sally

    I keep hearing about this superfood and it looks as though everyone who is health conscious is into it. You’re what you eat, so I suppose the health conscious folks have a good reason why they’re so excited about this, so much so that I kind of got curious as well. It turns out though, these are not some exotic fruits or some vegetable that I never heard of. In fact, I could go out to the shop right now and buy them quite conveniently. Quite frankly I’m surprised and I’m also a little disappointed that I didn’t think of eating healthier much earlier.

  • Melissa Zoske

    I love information like this and the photos rock! Excellent way to show people ways to incorporate healthy choices into their lives. Anything to promote a healing state in our bodies! Thanks for sharing!

  • SYLIVIA KUKIRIZA

    I LOVE FRUITS

  • ansa

    I love mangoes and never miss a chance to eat one. I like pecans more than any other nuts and add these to my bowl of salad.

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