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Top 6 Super food in Summer

What to eat to be healthier in summer: Top 6 Super food in Summer

These fruits and vegetables are in season now and deliver maximum health benefits.

Blueberries: The Indigo-Colored Antioxidant

Reason: These berries one of the few foods that are naturally blue—have sky-high levels of antioxidants, which combat the damage done by inflammation. Anthocyanins, the natural plant compounds that give blueberries their deep color, may have antidiabetic effects as well.

 

Red Bell Peppers: A Sweet, Crunchy Punch of Vitamin C

Reason: While all peppers are very low in calories (about 25 per cup), reds which taste sweeter and milder are best for you. They contain 11 times more beta-carotene than green bell peppers and while the green variety delivers 60 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, red gives you 240 percent!

 

Tomatoes: Heart, Skin and Brain Protector in Summer

Reason: Lycopene is highest in very red tomatoes; the antioxidant has a long list of benefits, from protecting skin against the sun's UV rays, to slowing arterial aging, to fighting heart disease, stroke, memory loss and impotence.

 

Watermelon: A Pick-Me-Up with Added Benefits

Reason: Aside from its ability to refresh us, watermelon also delivers lycopene. It can also be an effective weapon against prehypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease.

Beets: Colorful Guards Against Cancer and High Blood Pressure

Reason: They contain several disease-fighting phytonutrients, including the pigment betacyanin, which gives them their distinctive hue. Beets are also a good source of folate, which guards against birth defects, colon cancer and osteoporosis and are high in fiber and beta-carotene, beet juice reduces blood pressure too.

Figs: Jammed with Fiber, Calcium and Jam-Like Flavor

Reason: Used for millennia in ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures, figs are an excellent source of dietary fiber (almost 2 grams each). They're also a good source of calcium and potassium.