We’ve been talking a lot about superfoods this week, and how much – or how little – we all consume. We thought it would be a good idea to share some of our favorites, and, of course, explain why each food is so great. Here is the results of our little straw poll – how about you add your own at the end of the article?

Cabbage plant in the garden at La Quinetire
Cabbage plant in the garden at La Quinetire

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Cabbage

 

Good old-fashioned cabbage gets a bad rep in many areas of life. Mostly, we think, due to the soggy, pale version of the plant we all used to get served up as part of our school dinners. But, cabbage has an incredible array of great nutrients packed into it. Eat more cabbage and you can reduce inflammation, boost the function of your brain, and even lower your cholesterol. They are cheap, easy to grow in a veggie patch, and packed full of fiber, too. So, eat more cabbage and you will feel a lot healthier!

From Larsen Lake Blueberry Farms, a bucket of freshly picked blueberries.
From Larsen Lake Blueberry Farms, a bucket of freshly picked blueberries.

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Blueberries

 

Blueberries are full of essential vitamins that the body needs, such as vitamin C and K. Plus, they are totally delicious. They are also packed with fiber, antioxidants, and plenty of other nutrients. Blueberries are thought to help you improve your memory, which, when you have had young children, is a good reason to eat them as any. However, bear in mind that you will minimize the good parts of blueberries when you eat them in a pie or a muffin!

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Mussels

 

Moving quickly on to seafood, we thought we would espouse the benefits of mussels. As most people know by know, seafood is an essential source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and plenty of other nutrients. Mussels are one of the best seafoods because you can also get sources of zinc, niacin, iron, calcium and magnesium, amongst many others. They can improve your heart health, promote muscle and bone growth, and they are great for staving off depression. Not everyone likes the thought of eating mussels, though. Check out this review for more details: http://greenlippedmusselbenefits.org/an-xtend-life-green-lipped-mussel-powder-supplement-review/. As you can see, you don’t have to sit down with a large bowl of molluscs to get the many benefits!

4-4-09: Salmon Fillet
4-4-09: Salmon Fillet

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Salmon

 

While we are in the water, let’s turn our attentions to one of the healthiest food sources on the planet: salmon. This fabulous fish helps boost human metabolism, improves your vision, and helps with muscle and tissue growth. It’s also great for the brain, thanks to all those omega-3 fatty acids. Finally, salmon is also fantastic for heart health and your cardio system. Its nutrients actually lower cholesterol and stops your artery walls hardening. All in all, it’s a damn fine fish either in its habitat or on your plate. And you should aim to eat it at least once a week.

 

Do you have any other awesome superfoods you could add to this list?We will love to hear about them if you do. Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

 

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