Cranberries: A superfood for the season
Think of these as the super heroes of your pantry and refrigerator. While there is no legal or medical definition for them, superfoods are filled with large amounts of antioxidants,
, vitamins and minerals. It’s believed that eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life. Here are nine of the leading superfoods — think of them as the polyphenols of the kitchen — you may wish to incorporate into your holiday cooking. Justice League
Blueberries are full of phytonutrients that neutralize free radicals, which cause aging and cell damage. The antioxidants may also protect against cancer and reduce the effects of age-related conditions like dementia.
Beets are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help fight disease and strengthen vital organs.
One cup of broccoli will supply you with your daily dose of vitamin C and a large percentage of folic acid.
Low in sugar and high in vitamins A and C, watermellon is a great low-calorie snack. Studies suggest it could also potentially lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Now is the time to enjoy cranberries. They can help fight inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease, improve oral health, help prevent ulcers and yeast infections.
Heart-healthy salmon is packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which studies suggest may reduce the risk of heart disease. It may also protect skin from the damaging effects of UV rays.
Like broccoli, cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables and can help defend against cancer, improve heart health and is rich in vitamins and minerals. Cauliflower is also a good source of choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development.
Almonds deliver the highest concentration of nutrients per calorie per ounce of any nut. For just 191 calories, a one-ounce serving provides 3.4 grams of fiber and a healthy dose of potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, and iron. Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C. Studies suggest the antioxidant helps build and repair the body's tissues, boosts immunity, and fights excess free radical damage. Good for your eyes too.