The 10 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

Proven disease fighters and energy boosters

(From the editors of Fitness) These 10 superfoods are proven, expert-beloved disease fighters and energy boosters. Add them to your meals and get on the fast track to a super-healthy body.

Salmon, lemons, and spinach all rank high as proven disease fighters and energy boosters. PHOTO:, CC

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Healthy Food #1: Lemons

Just one lemon has more than 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C, which may help increase “good” HDL cholesterol levels and strengthen bones.

Citrus flavonoids found in lemons may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and act as an anti-inflammatory.

Quick Tip: Add a slice of lemon to your green tea. One study found that citrus increases your body’s ability to absorb the antioxidants in the tea by about 80 percent.

Healthy Food #2: Dark Chocolate

Just one-fourth of an ounce daily can reduce blood pressure in otherwise healthy individuals.

Cocoa powder is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants shown to reduce LDL cholesterol. Photo by Nawalescape (Pixabay)

Cocoa powder is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants shown to reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase “good” HDL levels.

Quick Tip: A dark chocolate bar contains about 53.5 milligrams of flavonoids; a milk chocolate bar has fewer than 14.

Healthy Food #3: Salmon

A great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to a reduced risk of depression, heart disease, and cancer.

A 3-ounce serving contains almost 50 percent of your daily dose of niacin, which may protect against Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.

Quick Tip: Opt for wild over farm-raised, which contains 16 times as much toxic PCBS as wild salmon. SEE THE FULL LIST AT FITNESS.COM.