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March 06
Super Foods - Super You
Asparagus, blueberries, and almonds. These foods are all well-known “super foods,” or foods that have high concentrations of essential nutrients with proven health benefits. Yet there are several other foods that have substantial health benefits that go unrecognized. Here are a few that might be worth mixing into your colorful palate of foods!

Sweet Potatoes
Many people think of sweet potatoes as just another “starchy” side dish. Yet they actually have many unique nutritional benefits to offer! Among these categories are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and blood sugar-regulating nutrients.

Black Pepper
Black pepper has demonstrated impressive antioxidant and antibacterial effects, which promote the health of the digestive tract. Not only does black pepper help you derive the most benefit from your food, the outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, keeping you slim while giving you energy to burn.

Peppermint
Add to a salad, a beverage, or even intake through sweets. Peppermint has the ability to sooth the digestive track, protect against cancer formation in the colon, skin, and lungs, keep airways open for breathing, and inhibit the growth of certain types of bacteria. Peppermint is also an excellent source of manganese, vitamin C and vitamin A.

Quinoa
Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard, and is an excellent rice or pasta substitute. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids including lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. As a good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, folate, and phosphorus, quinoa may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

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