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What are the top 10 superfoods to have in a diet?

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Superfoods that are nutrient dense and provide a variety of health benefits include dark-colored fruits such as red grapes, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Dark, leafy greens, such as kale, broccoli and collard greens are high in antioxidants, as are orange-colored vegetables, such as butternut squash and sweet potatoes.

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Antioxidants, minerals and vitamins can help to maintain healthy blood cells, support the immune system, promote weight loss and reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, heart disease and cancer. Phytochemicals are antioxidants that are found in many nutrient-rich super foods, including nuts, fish, green tea, beans and whole grains. In addition to antioxidants, these foods contain a variety of vital nutrients that can support overall health. Fish and seafood such as salmon, albacore tuna, mackeral, sardines and oysters contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.

Additionally, lentils, black-eyed peas, black beans and kidney beans contain folate, while soybeans contain vitamin C, calcium and zinc. Dark green vegetables have magnesium, potassium, calcium and vitamins A, C and E. Blueberries contain a high amount of fiber and are may have anti-aging properties. Most nuts contain plant sterols and resveratrol, which can help to lower cholesterol. Wine carries the antioxidants found in its grape skins, and it may reduce the storage of fat and promote calorie burn when taken in moderation.

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