You already know about the A-list superfoods the well-known health-boosters like oatmeal, broccoli and blueberries. Well, here are a few more to add to that list, courtesy of Self magazine:
- First, there's black tea. It comes from the same antioxidant-rich plant that produces green tea, and boosts your resistance to cancer and heart disease. Just remember: decaf tea has fewer antioxidants, bottled and instant teas pretty much don't have any, and refrigeration depletes tea's power. So researchers at Tufts University recommend you make it yourself and drink it hot.
- Another superpower food: celery. It's a great source of potassium, which helps reduce blood pressure and regulate your body's electrolytes. In fact, 4 medium stalks of celery deliver the same amount of potassium as a banana, for a quarter of the calories.
- Next, cherries have more powerful antioxidants than almost any other food analyzed by the USDA. Cherries are particularly rich in micro-nutrients that help boost your immunity, and mop up disease-causing free radicals.
- Another secret superpower food: mushrooms especially portobellos. They're low in calories, high in B-complex vitamins, and have lots of selenium, an antioxidant that helps protect against cancer. Mushrooms also contain 2 types of fiber that absorb fat and whisk it out of the blood, lowering your risk for heart disease.
- And the final star-power food: raw onions. Experts say onions have blood-thinning properties similar to aspirin, and contain flavonoids that reduce your risk of a heart attack.