Superfoods for Super Health

You can be a super nutrition hero by consuming any of these, and other foods with superpowers of their own.

Nitrate-rich beets help improve vascular function and delay the onset of fatigue in athletes. Beet juice may also help lower blood pressure and improve vascular function in adults with high cholesterol.

Try it: Add chopped beets to salads, or use beet juice powder in smoothies.

Rich in antioxidants, cranberries have long been known to support urinary tract health, but they also support heart health. Intake of cranberry juice has been shown to reduce arterial stiffness, an indicator of heart disease.

Try it: Use 100% cranberry juice in a smoothie, or use fresh cranberries to create sauces and chutneys.

Chia seeds may help with weight loss and blood sugar control. The soluble fiber in chia can absorb twelve times its weight in water which helps with bowel regularity. Double bonus: Chia also provides omega-3 fatty acids!

Try it: Add chia seeds to smoothies, oatmeal or yogurt.

Edible mushrooms contain glucans which enhance natural killer (NK) cell activity. NK cells support deep immune health and may have anticancer and antimicrobial benefits. Mushrooms provide a host of nutrients, including protein, B vitamins, calcium and fiber, and they can be used daily to promote and support immunity.

Try it: Add mushrooms to stir-fry, or stir a mushroom powder into your morning coffee.

There are so many more superfoods available. Consuming colorful fruits, vegetables and seeds can unleash their nutritional powers to boost your overall health.