66 Super Foods to Help You Live a Longer & Healthier Life

green tea

Green Tea

The only beverage to make our list, green tea has long been touted for its antioxidant value, but it’s got a lot of tools in its toolkit. It can help with everything from regulating blood pressure to warding off heart disease and cancer. It’s been linked directly to helping prevent skin cancer, and to help with skin wrinkles and other aging signs. It doesn’t have to be hot green tea, you can let it cool and pour it over ice and it will still retain its benefits.

greens

Greens

Eat your greens! Many people find them hard to incorporate into a meal, but you can treat them just like spinach in a salad. Collard greens can help detox the body, Mustard greens contain plenty of vitamins and minerals, Turnip greens get you the iron your body needs, Swiss chard can help you with your blood glucose levels, and Kale has carotenoids that make it great for adding to a green smoothie.

honey

Honey

Honey can help you prevent things like cancer and heart disease, and if that’s not enough it can also help regular blood glucose levels. Try adding a teaspoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon to a cup of hot water in the morning. It can make a great replacement for a cup of coffee, and can prepare your digestive system for the work ahead of it for the day.

honeydew

Honeydew

It’s all in the color really. Because these have their green hue it shows they have zeaxanthin, which can help your eyes as you get older. It can be a little boring eating plain honeydew, so why not mix it up with another superfood on our list that goes well with it: cantaloupe. A melon salad is easy to mix up, and adding watermelon can make it a colorful superfood feast.

kimchi

Kimchi

This is a staple in Korean cuisine, and Korean newspapers ran pieces on how it is believed that kimchi was responsible for stopping the spread of SARS throughout the country. Whether or not that was the case, it’s still a beneficial addition to most meals. The most common way it is prepared is with fermented cabbage. It is thought to help aid in digestion the same way that sauerkraut does, by providing digestive enzymes to help us break down the foods we eat more easily.

kiwi

Kiwi

Whether you go with the standard green variety, or the harder-to-find gold, kiwis are a great source of phytonutrients and fiber, as well as packed with vitamins and minerals. They go great in fruit salads, or they’re great by themselves. Eating tip: Cut it in half and spoon it right out of the peel. Fast, easy and yummy!

lemons and limes

Lemons and Limes

There are plenty of reasons to start using more lemon and lime in your cooking, or even squeezed into your water. They can help with conditions like indigestion and constipation, and can even be a solution for fevers. Several hair and skin products also contain these natural citrus extracts in them, so it only makes sense to get on a first name basis with them.

lentils

Lentils

Lentils often make the list of some of the healthiest foods on the planet. Tim Ferriss includes them in his Slow-Carb Diet in the book The Four Hour Body as a way to balance out proteins without eating carbs that will make you fat. In addition they’ve been shown to help with cholesterol levels, heart and digestive health, and giving you a boost of energy.

mango

Mango

If you’re already a fan of mango, but find that you don’t eat it as often as you’d like to, you might want to find a way to fit it into your cooking repertoire. It can help with things like digestion, the immune system, and even a stagnant libido. If you can’t find it fresh when it’s not in season, try going the frozen route. Makes a great addition to smoothies.

mangosteen

Mangosteen

If you’ve never eaten a fresh mangosteen before, you might not know how to tackle it. It’s got a protective covering, but just on the inside of it is a white, fleshy fruit that tastes amazing. The biggest feature is the way it supports the immune system, but it also has polyphenols which provide several benefits to the body.

miso

Miso

Miso is typically presented in soup form, and you may have only experienced it as a side dish to a sushi roll. But it’s got you covered as far as amino acids go, and it can even reduce your risk for certain cancers. If you don’t like the taste at first, don’t give up, as there are several ways to prepare miso soup, and even to use miso paste in other recipes.

nectarines

Nectarines

It’s like a peach, hold the fuzz. It’s still got a ton going for it, including commendable amounts of beta-carotene and Vitamin C. Then you should also consider the lutein, which is the antioxidant that can help prevent all sorts of diseases, including cancer. The important thing is to vary up your diet and include nectarines and other healthy foods daily.

oatmeal

Oatmeal

Turns out this old standby really is good for you. It’s got plenty of fiber without a lot of calories so you can feel fuller longer without dipping too far into your daily calorie budget. If you do start adding more oats to your diet, be sure to go organic so you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you’re not ingesting grains that were treated with pesticides and other chemicals. They make instant organic oatmeal that doesn’t cost much more than the conventional brands.

olive oil

Olive Oil

The monounsaturated fatty acids are one good reason to use olive oil if you don’t already, because they’re heart healthy. The polyphenol content is the next big ace up its sleeve. Use the extra virgin variety for things like salad dressing, and stick to the regular kind if you want to fry foods in it.

P.S. Take a look at the 5 veggies that boost female metabolism and burn off lower belly fat.

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10 Comments

  1. Beth London says:

    How important is it that these superfoods be organically grown and non-GMO? Does that matter to their effectiveness?

    • Love Your Planet says:

      It is very important to choose organic fruit and vegetables, because these ones contains the live enzymes, which are beneficial to your body and help to regenerate the cells in your body and help you to get rid of the toxins. Furthermore organic fruit and veg have much more vitamins, the chemicals destroy the nutrients, furthermore you are consuming them chemicals, too. The GMO modified fruit and veg might no longer be purely vegetarian, as they put animal hormones into the vegetables and in addition they have many negative effect on your health, such as food allergies, negative reproductive effects, toxicity and many more. The right choice is definitely the organic fruit and vegetables from the local farms.

    • jamie says:

      sometimes it could be that if a fruit or plant is a GMO its been modified which mean it could have to potential to lose some of its original ‘goodness’ its best to stay as local and fresh as you can, it will not only be good for you but your local economy.

  2. Rachel B says:

    Good food of course will help you live healthier and longer, but I also heard that fruits and vegetables nowadays are not the same as they were in the past. For example tomatoes only contain quarter of nutrients it used to contain when it was farmed the old fashioned way and nowadays it’s more like water. Then again almonds, apricots, beans and such are much better for our body even when they’re not as good as they were in the past, when compared to our current diet which consists of high fructose syrup, high fructose syrup, and high fructose syrup. I guess there’s no excuse to not eating healthy no matter how you look at things.

  3. Jonathan says:

    I would start things off with almonds, apples, bananas, beans, brown rice, carrots, and few other foods because they’re relatively affordable. The problem with eating healthy nowadays is that everything and anything healthy is generally expensive. I’ve cut down on fruit shopping because they’re so expensive, but I should really try to find other things to cut down on before I stop eating healthy.

  4. Sally says:

    I keep hearing about this superfood and it looks as though everyone who is health conscious is into it. You’re what you eat, so I suppose the health conscious folks have a good reason why they’re so excited about this, so much so that I kind of got curious as well. It turns out though, these are not some exotic fruits or some vegetable that I never heard of. In fact, I could go out to the shop right now and buy them quite conveniently. Quite frankly I’m surprised and I’m also a little disappointed that I didn’t think of eating healthier much earlier.

  5. Melissa Zoske says:

    I love information like this and the photos rock! Excellent way to show people ways to incorporate healthy choices into their lives. Anything to promote a healing state in our bodies! Thanks for sharing!

  6. SYLIVIA KUKIRIZA says:

    I LOVE FRUITS

  7. ansa says:

    I love mangoes and never miss a chance to eat one. I like pecans more than any other nuts and add these to my bowl of salad.

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