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These highly recommended foods contain antioxidants and other chemicals that fight "free radicals" or unstable oxygen atoms that attack our cells, cause DNA damage, and cause cancers.

If you're not used to consuming some of them, introduce them slowly into your diet and increase amount over time.
Food Product   Health Benefits          How To Best Consume       
Beets   Contain folate and betaine. These two substances work together to lower blood levels of homocysteine, an inflammatory compound to the heart and arteries. Beet's color-causing compound Betacyanins kill cancer in mice.   Don't heat beets. This kills the antioxidant properties. Eat the leaves and stems, which are full of antioxidents, vitamins, and minerals.
Cabbage   Contains the cancer-fighting enzyme-releasing substance Sulphoraphane, which Stanford University studies show has the highest release of any plant chemical.   Eat it raw whenever possible.
Guava   Contains the highest concentration of lycopene, more than tomatoes and watermelon, which fights prostate cancer. 1 cup has 688 milligrams of potassium (a lot more than a banana), 9 grams of fiber, and a lot more Vitamin C than an orange.   Raw rind to the seeds. All edible.
Swiss Chard   Half cup contains good amounts of the plant chemicals called lutein and zeaxanthin (10 mg each). These are carotenoids, which, according to Harvard studies, protect your retinas from aging.   Sautéed with garlic and olive oil for 5-7 minutes (cut leaves and stems into 1-inch pieces.)
Cinnamon   Contains methylhydroxychalcone polymers, which increases your body's ability to metabolize sugar by up to 20 times. USDA researchers discovered people with Type 2 diabetes who consumed 1 gram of cinnamon per day (1/4 teaspoon) reduced not only their blood sugar but also triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol.)   As is, from shakers, or place 1 stick in a cup of hot water for "Cinn-a-tea."
Purslane   This broad-leaved weed (veggie and herb in most countries) contains more Omega-3 fats than any edible plant, according to researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Scientists discovered it also contains 10-20 times more melatonin than any fruit or veggie. Eat two hours before bed for a great night's sleep.   Use it like lettuce; it's rather lemony. This can usually be found in Farmer's Markets, Chinese and Mexican food markets.
Pomegranate Juice   Just 2 oz. per day can decrease systolic blood pressure by over 20% and increase circulation to your heart, according to Israeli scientists. Super high in Vitamin C.   Drink as is or mix into a smoothie.
Gogi Berries   Contain one of the highest antioxidant properties of any fruit, according to Tufts University. The sugars that make them sweet lowered insulin resistance, a risk factor of diabetes in rats.   Plain by the handful, in cereals, hot and cold, and in salads. Eat 'em like raisins.
Prunes
(Dried Plums)
  Contain high amounts of neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids. These antioxidants fight the "superoxide anion radical," the free radical thought to be one of the primary causes of cancer. Have maybe a prune or two with 1 or 2 meals per day. Introduce them slowly to your system, like broccoli; to avoid "excusing" yourself.   Plain, 'as is.'
Avocado   Lower cholesterol overall and raise good (HDL) cholesterol. They contain special oils that help hair, skin, and nails. They contain glutathione that cleanses the liver and TWICE the amount of potassium than bananas. As little as two ounces of avocado eaten with other foods especially fruits and veggies, increases the absorption of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene. They also contain 'good' (monounsaturated) fat and are rich in Vitamin E.   Eating it raw is best.
Beans   Are a great source of low-fat, high-fiber protein. The American Cancer Society suggests substituting beans for red meat and eating no less that four ½ cup serving per week. Beans are full of phytonutrients (nutrients produced in plants with proven human health benefits), B Vitamins, iron, folate, potassium, magnesium and are easily combined with most foods.   Cooked.
Pumpkin   Are one of the richest and most bio-available sources of synergistically combined carotenoids. Beta and alpha carotenoids (fat soluable compounds that protect plants from sun damage) fight heart disease, cancers, and are also potent phytonutrients. Pumpkins are high in fiber, and with their combinations of potassium, magnesium, and folate; act as anti-aging and anti-inflammatory "Halloween" treats.   Make a pumpkin pie!
Kale, Broccoli & Alfalfa (Sprouts)   All contain phytonutrients, called isothiocyanates (ITC's) that are generated when these and other cruciferous veggies, like cauliflower are cut or chewed. Lab tests indicated enhanced immune properties and the ability to aggressively destroy prostate cancer cells.

Sprouts (especially broccoli) contain high levels of sulforaphane (anti-cancer compound) and are known for "cleansing"organs and blood. Three day-old broccoli sprouts contain 20-50 times more sulforaphane than broccoli heads!
  Eating raw is best.
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