Try including some of the following "super foods" into your diet. Each food contains vitamins, nutrients and/or minerals that are believed to contain special properties for health, disease prevention and/or longevity.
Broccoli-2 spears: Contains vitamins C, A, Beta Carotene and Fiber.
Carrots-2 medium: 2 carrots every other day provide enough beta carotene to reduce stroke risk by half for men who already have symptoms of heart disease
Chili Peppers-1 or more peppers: The heat source in chili's, capsaicin, is an antioxidant. Contains blood thinning properties to prevent strokes, lowers cholesterol, protects DNA against carcinogens, and may stimulate release of endorphins "natural high" chemicals
Spinach-1 cup uncooked: Contains vitamins A and C, folic acid and magnesium which help control cancer, reduces heart disease and stroke risk, blocks free radicals and may help prevent osteoporosis.
Blueberries-1-2 cups a day: Contain antioxidants that can lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. Are high in potassium and vitamin C, and are also an anti-inflammatory.
Tomatoes-1 med. Tomato: Contain lycopenes - an antioxidant more potent than vitamin C. Stimulates immune function and may slow degenerative diseases
Strawberries-1/2 cup: Contains ellagic acid, which contains anti-cancer properties
Mangoes-1 mango: Contains bioflavonoid that aid the immune system
Citrus Fruits-1 lg. orange or equivalent: Contains vitamin C which helps your body fight cancers (lung, cervical, esophagus & stomach). Rich in bioflavonoid.
Content excerpted from the Executive Health's Good Health Report (c Executive Health Report, May 1996)