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Healthiest Food on the Planet: Top 10

Written by Health Guru


#1: Lemons

  • One lemon has more than 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C.
  • Lemons may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and act as an anti-inflammatory.

#2: Broccoli

  • It contains more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement and almost 200 percent of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C.
  • The same serving also helps stave off numerous cancers.

#3: Chocolate

  • Just one-fourth of an ounce daily can reduce blood pressure in otherwise healthy individuals.
  • Cocoa powder is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants shown to reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase “good” HDL levels.

#4: Potatoes

  • One red potato contains 66 micrograms of cell-building folate – about the same amount found in one cup of spinach or broccoli.
  • One sweet potato has almost eight times the amount of cancer-fighting and immune-boosting vitamin A you need daily.

#5: Salmon

  • It’s a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to reduced risk of depression, heart disease and cancer.
  • A 3-ounce serving contains almost 50 percent of your daily dose of niacin.

#6: Walnuts

  • Contain the most omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce cholesterol, of all nuts.
  • Omega-3s have been shown to improve mood and fight cancer.

#7: Avocados

  • Rich in healthy, satisfying fats proven in one study to lower cholesterol by about 22 percent.
  • One has more than half the fiber and 40 percent of the folate you need daily.

#8: Garlic

  • Garlic is a powerful disease fighter that can inhibit the growth of bacteria.
  • Allicin, a compound found in garlic, works as a potent anti-inflammatory and has been shown to help lower cholesterol and blood-pressure levels.

#9: Spinach

  • Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two immune-boosting antioxidants important for eye health.
  • Recent research found that among cancer-fighting fruits and veggies, spinach is one of the most effective.

#10: Beans

  • Eating a serving of legumes (beans, peas, and lentils) four times a week can lower your risk of heart disease by 22 percent.
  • That same habit may also reduce your risk of breast cancer.