The most powerful foods in the produce aisle

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Fill your grocery cart with these 10 powerful foods, and you have all the ingredients you need to protect your health. They’re bursting with fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and natural plant chemicals to battle the most common problems of aging.

 

Food Health Benefits How it works

apples

aid digestion

soluble and insoluble fiber maintain digestive regularity

prevent heart disease

flavonoids work as antioxidants to lower LDL cholesterol

avocados

prevent deep vein thrombosis

vitamin E acts as an anticoagulant to prevent clots

battle high blood pressure

 

potassium balances sodium in diet to lower blood pressure

 

broccoli

 

prevents cancer

 

indoles and isothiocyanates activate enzymes that remove carcinogens

 

cherries

 

battle arthritis

 

anthocyanins reduce painful inflammation

 

garlic

lower high cholesterol

 

antioxidant effects of garlic lower LDL cholesterol

 

fight high blood pressure

 

allicin acts as antioxidant to dilate blood vessels

 

grapes

 

keep away Alzheimer's disease

 

polyphenol antioxidants protect brain better than supplements

 

oranges

 

protect against arthritis

 

vitamin C encourages buildup of collagen, which is needed for healthy cartilage in joints

 

rutabaga

 

 lower cancer risk

 

sulforaphane, indole-3-carbinol, dithiolethione, and isothiocyanates spur your immune system to fight cancer and help stop cell damage

 

spinach

prevents stroke

 

folate lowers homocysteine levels, reducing stroke risk

 

keep away osteoporosis

 

manganese helps enzymes function to keep bones dense and strong

 

sweet potatoes

keep your eyesight sharp

 

beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc work as antioxidants to prevent age-related macular degeneration

 

help avoid osteoporosis

 

potassium helps bones stay strong by holding on to calcium

 

tomatoes

 

lower cancer risk

 

lycopene and other nutrients work together to block cell damage

 

 

 

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  • FC&A Staff Writer