6 Secret Super Foods
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By Nina Himmerling Smith March 06, 2008
The little goji is chocked full of big benefits. Depending on who you ask, they enhance your sex life, improve circulation, protect your liver, improve your eyesight and help you live a long life. They may look questionable at first, but give them a try. They’re definitely worth it.
The joy of soy is you can get it in multiple forms --- from the soybean (aka edamame), to soy milk and the tofu often offered in stir fries and curries. With its high amounts of protein, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, it’s no wonder it can lower cholesterol, promote healthy bones, prevent cancer, and reduce symptoms of menopause.
Surprisingly, this seemingly simple squash is packed with alpha and beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, potassium, zinc and magnesium. Pumpkin’s been rumored to lower cholesterol, improve your mood, and help protect against cancer – among other things.
Walnuts are rich in the B and E vitamins and are a great source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids – shown to reduce cholesterol. But that’s not all. These heart-healthy nuggets are also high in fiber so they help you feel full.
What does this fleshy fish bring to the table? A whole lot of skin-smoothing Omega 3 fatty acids – powerful anti-inflammatory agents that lower your bad cholesterol and increase your good cholesterol. Salmon is also rich in protein as well as the antioxidant co-enzyme Q-10.
Though sipping a freshly-brewed cup of green tea is relaxing, its antioxidant punch is something to really get excited about. Known mostly for its reputed cancer-fighting powers, this tea may also help lower cholesterol.
They’re not faster than a speeding bullet, or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but these Super Foods pack a healthy punch. In fact, their nutritional values are so high, experts say they can protect you against illness, lower your cholesterol, and improve your overall look and wellness. Often hidden in the shadow of more popular antioxidants (blueberries anyone?) these six stellar stars deserve their own hero’s welcome.Read More ↓