First grown in Asia, carrots are filled with antioxidants that may protect against cancer, vision loss, can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Vitamin C in lemons are so abundant; we need only one standard size lemon to fulfill our daily needs. Vitamin C is essential to the functioning of our immune system, aids digestion, improves skin tone, supports detoxification, helps balance our PH levels and can even aid in keeping our weigh in check by reducing the appetite.
Studies found apples may be one of the healthiest foods. They are rich in flavonoids, antioxidants, and dietary fiber. Researchers M. Martinoli and G. Bureau (University of Quebec a Trois-Rivieres) found that apples contain quercetin (an antioxidant) that reduces cellular death caused by the inflammation of neurons and oxidation. (Read Study) Another study at Florida State University found women who ate apples every day had 23% less bad cholesterol (LDL), after just six months.
Bioavailable iron is found in mushrooms, which is excellent for the formation of red blood cells. They are further low in calories, have nutrients such as B-vitamins, vitamin D (if exposed to sunlight), selenium, potassium, and copper, and is a good source of fiber and protein.
A superfood, lentils is especially helpful for vegans and vegetarians worried about not ingesting enough nutrients and protein. These small seed-like vegetables are part of the legume family and are rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber, folate, magnesium, and protein. One cup of lentils contains 18-grams of protein, 40 gram carbs, 16-gram fiber, with only 230 calories.
Antioxidant galore! Blueberries are considered a superfood that helps protect our bodies from free radicals, which are unstable molecules known to disrupt or corrupt cellular structures contributing to aging. Blueberries are also low in calories but high in nutrients such as Vitamin C, K, manganese, and fiber.
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