Beets are loaded with potassium, which counteract the effects of our salt-heavy diet. They’re also high in folate, which we need to manufacture new cells and prevent DNA damage (a precursor to cancer). Drinking a glass of beet juice (otherwise known as beetroot) may immediately lower your blood pressure.
Curcumin, a plant nutrient that gives turmeric its deep golden hue, has long been used in Eastern medicine to treat infections and help speed wound healing. Preliminary research in mice suggests that the spice may be useful in treating conditions like inflammation, digestive problems, arthritis and Alzheimer’s.
These guys taste like tuna, are less fishy than caviar and come already de-headed. Sardines are a cheap and convenient way to fill up on fish oil, vitamin D and calcium. Selenium, an antioxidant, helps keep the immune system in fighting form and protects cells from damage.
Kale is part of the broccoli, or brassica, family. Not only does it do a number on cancer, it also helps the heart. Kale is loaded with vitamin C (great for your complexion) as well as calcium and vitamin A.
Anthocyanidins, the chemicals that give blueberries their colour, have hit the spotlight for their purported health benefits. Though still being studied, plants with these super-antioxidants have anti-inflammatory powers that may lower the risk of heart diseases, diabetes and arthritis and protect against mental decline.
The nuts are high in vitamin E, linked to a lower risk of heart disease.A quarter-cup of almonds also contains more protein than an egg, and they’re packed with magnesium, which encourages production of the brain chemical dopamine— good for regulating mood and preventing depression.