Add These Superfoods to Your 2017 Menu

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Add These Superfoods to Your 2017 Menu

Like a lot of people, you are probably looking for ways to kick your 2017 into high gear with a new you. The good news in this is that by observing a few tips for what you eat, you will be on your way to a healthier year and a healthier you. How? By eating superfoods, those with the high levels of vitamins and minerals such as blueberries, kale, and salmon, that pack such a powerful punch in shielding our bodies from cell damage and help prevent disease. This short guide will provide you with a map to getting these on your side.


Acai, pronounced ah-SIGH–ee, is a small purple berry that is native to the South American rainforests and has been touted as a weight-loss and anti-aging aid. The Acai berry has high levels of antioxidants, which fight cancer and heart disease. It is also one of the few fruits that contains oleic acid, a heart-healthy fat in it.

Goji Berries

Goji berries come to your supermarket shelf directly from Tibet and Inner Mongolia, and are loaded with vitamin C. Goji berries have been used by traditional Chinese herbalists for centuries to treat various ailments, and although modern medicine disputes some of these claims, others such as the high levels of antioxidants have been proven.

Cocoa Powder

The benefits of cocoa powder have been known as far back as the Aztecs, but today we are still studying the benefits, even though some are known for sure, such as lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow to your brain and heart.


Unlike its land-born counterpart, seaweed is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which has been shown to prevent sudden heart attacks and stroke. Seaweed also contains a bunch of different minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and many more

Chia Seeds

Unlike what you have seen in the commercials, chia seeds do far more than just make cute potted plants. Natives of Mexico, chia also contains omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium, among others.


Contrary to what your first thought probably was, Mangosteens are not related to mangos. Instead, they are a fist-sized fruit that grows in Southeast Asia and has a purple rind which protects a soft interior of white segments. The rind is rich in a compound called xanthones, which is thought to combat cancer and inflammation.

Maca Powder

Maca is a root grown in the Andes of South America that is picked, dried, and ground into a powder. Many of the healing properties of this compound are still unproven by modern medicine, but it is thought to boost energy, endurance, and libido.


Originally from Russia, Kefir is a drink that tastes much like yogurt. It is made from fermented milk and tastes like it is sour. With the growth of probiotics in recent years, however, it has emerged with great popularity. It is known to boost your immune system and promote good digestive health.

Hemp Seed

Due to their relationship with marijuana, hemp seeds tend to raise eyebrows when their health properties are discussed, but they are there nonetheless. Hemp seeds are high in protein and loaded with other amino acids, magnesium, and potassium. Load up on them. Put them on salads, and don’t worry about being unable to drive afterward. There are no effects of that nature.

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