In case you needed any more reasons to get on the kale bandwagon, it’s packed with vitamins A, C, and K, as well as lutein. Lutein is one of the carotenoids that gives kale its dark green hue. Eating antioxidant-rich kale may also reduce the risk of macular degeneration. These nutrients support heart health so be sure to load up on this super food this summer.
This pantry staple is affordable and you’ll find it in any grocery store! A study from Greece says that supplementing a diet with tomato paste for two weeks may improve the function of blood vessels in healthy adults. Concentrated products such as tomato sauce and paste deliver even more nutrients, like lycopene, per bite. Enjoy with your favorite pasta or try adding some to a chilled tomato gazpacho this summer.
Everyone loves this sweet treat and now there’s even more reason to indulge! Flavonoids, which are found in cocoa beans, help protect plants from environmental toxins and help repair cell damage. They have antioxidant qualities and research shows that flavonols may lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. Enjoy moderate portions of at least 70% cacao chocolate up to a few times a week.
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