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Strengthen Your Immune System With These Amazing Super Foods

Your body is made to defend itself against all illness and disease from cancer to the common cold. You can make your immune system more powerful by eating foods that build your immune system.

7 Super Foods to Keep You Healthy

What is a super food? A super food is an all around good for you food that helps to promote and maintain wellness and weight control. It is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and disease fighting nutrients. The best thing about super food is that it is "real" unprocessed food, so it is easy and convenient to buy and eat. When you combine these super foods with a well balanced and healthy diet the rewards will be very noticeable.

Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the best super foods. It is high in vitamins A and C so it will help to boost your immune system and is a great source of vitamin K for bone health.It is full of cancer fighting nutrients, such as sulforaphane, and there is only about 30 calories in one cup.

Kiwi

Kiwi is very high in vitamin C; one kiwi has more than a full day supply. It is a good source of Vitamin E, which is not found in many fruits. It is also a good source of potassium and fiber. Kiwi can be like a mild laxative due to the fiber content.  There are about 93 calories in two kiwi fruit.

Eggs

Eggs have naturally occurring vitamin D and promote strong and healthy bones. They contain choline for a good memory and brain development. Eggs are also believed to help maintain your eyesight. They are high in protein and only about 72 calories for a large egg.

Salmon

Salmon is one of the best sources of protein and omega 3 fatty oils. Omega 3 fatty oils help to promote heart health, which is why it is suggested to have 1 to 4 servings a week. One 4 ounce serving has a full day supply of vitamin D. Salmon is also known as a "brain food." A 4 ounce serving has about 150 to 250 calories depending on if it is fresh or canned.

Blueberries

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants which have many health benefits. Some of the benefits include relief from diarrhea, constipation and bladder infections. Blueberries aid in the prevention of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and cholesterol. There are only 80 calories in a one cup serving of blueberries.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant. Lycopene gives tomatoes there beautiful red color and the power to combat disease. Tomatoes are also rich in potassium and alpha- and beta-carotenes. Tomatoes should not be stored in the refrigerator as this will destroy the nutrients. A medium tomato has about 25 calories.

Dark Chocolate

Yes, it is true that dark chocolate has been proven to be healthy in moderation. It is the potent antioxidant flavonol that gives it the health benefits. Flavonols help maintain a healthy heart and blood pressure. They are researching the benefits that dark chocolate has on lowering your stress hormones. A one ounce serving of dark chocolate is about 145 calories.

So next time hunger strikes and you want to grab a quick snack put down that bag of chips and have a handful of blueberries or better yet reward yourself with one piece of dark chocolate.  

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