Summer Superfoods

The summer solstice tomorrow marks the onset of summer and the longest day of the year. With longer days, summer breezes and bright sunshine why not celebrate this fabulous day with a few of summer’s favorite superfoods.

Blueberriesblueberries

These berries—one of the few foods that are naturally blue—have very high amounts of antioxidants which combat the damage done by inflammation and help to reduce stress, both physically and mentally.

Also packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber and loads of micronutrients, blueberries deliver a nutritional bang for the buck. Studies show that they enhance brain health and can even help improve your memory. They also protect your brain from age-related decline.

Watermelon

Watermelon-Red-FoodLycopene is allegedly a more effective antioxidant than other of its carotenoid cousins which include beta-carotene. Its powerful antioxidant actions are effective in maintaining the strength, thickness and fluidity of cell membranes. And aside from its ability to refresh us, the lycopene found in watermelon is an effective weapon against prehypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease, as well as can help prevent the growth of cancerous cells in our body.

Kiwi

free-photo-sliced-kiwi-fruit-974Kiwis are extremely rich in vitamin C, folate, potassium, fiber, caratenoids, polyphenols, chlorophyll, glutathione and pectin. Interestingly, kiwis are an excellent source of vitamin E, a nutrient more commonly found in nuts and oils, which can be high in both fat and calories.

Kiwis are antioxidant superstars, helping to neutralize the free radicals that damage cells, reducing inflammation and the many disease processes connected to inflammation. They also offer more vitamin C per ounce than an equivalent amount in oranges – helping to keep our immune system strong and in fighting stance.

Source: Care2, FitDay

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