By: Wenona Napolitano

Everyone knows that you should eat a well-balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins, etc. Yet there are some super health foods which are better than others. There are some foods that are packed with vitamins and minerals and some that are supercharged with healing properties and disease-fighting properties. Here are some foods you may want to include in your diet from now on.

Avocado can help you sleep better when eaten right before bedtime. Avocados can also boost metabolic rate and turn carbs into energy, helping you lose weight.

Black tea helps defeat bad breath. The antioxidants halt the growth of the oral bacteria that causes bad breath.

Celery contains phthalides that relive muscle tension. This can ease pain and help you sleep.

Citrus fruits block the absorption of fats and cholesterol before they can be stored in fat cells.

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, can help you avoid or even beat cancer, heart disease and many other types of illnesses and diseases.

Dark chocolate is full of healthy antioxidants, the richer and darker the cocoa the better. Cocoa is rich in flavonoids that can lower the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, prostate cancer, asthma and Type 2 diabetes.

Flax seeds are rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fats. Flaxseed oil is key in maintaining mental health and can aid in weight loss by flushing out toxins that get trapped in fatty tissue. Flax seeds are also full of lignans and alpha-linolenic acid, which can battle heart attacks, breast and colon cancers, arthritis, severe menstrual cramps and depression.

Grapes improve blood vessel function and help shield blood vessels from damage caused by fatty foods.

Green tea is full of natural flavonoids that help fight free radicals. It has also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and possibly help in weight loss.

Kiwi is high in fiber and contains 273% of the RDA of vitamin C in just one cup. Research also suggests it may help fight asthma.

Lactobacillus GG probiotics (found in some yogurts) can strengthen babies' immune systems and lower their risk of developing skin allergies and eczema when taken by mothers during pregnancy.

Mixed nuts contain lipase, an enzyme that breaks up fat so it can be burned for energy. This can result in weight loss.

Olive oil contains omega 9 oleic acid. It keeps cortisol production and stress levels under control.

Onions act as a natural diuretic and draw excess water out of skin tissue. This can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Parsley has three times the vitamin C of an orange and it is good fro the digestive system and can help relive fever symptoms.

Pomegranate juice, which is full of polyphenols that block free radicals, promotes healthy skin cell regeneration, which will leave you with a smooth complexion.

Rosemary tea contains the antioxidant carnosol, which dilates blood vessels. This can help relive a throbbing headache.

Shrimp are rich in minerals such as iodine, zinc, selenium and chromium that speed the body's conversion of food to fuel.

Spinach is great for the eyes. It contains lutein and zeaxanthin. Both help lower the risk of macular degeneration.

Sweet potatoes and carrots are rich in carotenoids and vitamin e, which can keep sunburn at bay and leave your skin with a healthy, sun-kissed glow.

Thyme is full of health protecting powers with its blend of antioxidants and flavonoids. It increases the percentage of healthy fats found in cell membranes, which helps build cellular defenses to protect against illness.

Tomatoes, rich in lycopene, can help sun-proof your skin. Lycopene has also been shown to slash the risk of cancers such as skin, breast, cervical, prostate, stomach and lung.

Brain foods: Fish such as bluefish, salmon, herring, sardines, kippers, trout, mackerel and tuna.

Foods high in natural salicylates: apples, apricots, baked beans, broccoli, cherries, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, olives, oranges, peaches, pineapples, plums, prunes, radishes, raisins, raspberries, spinach, strawberries, tangelos, tomatoes, vinegar and wine.

Foods for peak mental performance: almonds, asparagus, avocado, beans, brewer's yeast, broccoli, carrots, collards, flaxseed, lentils, mustard greens, pumpkin, spinach, squash, split peas, turnip greens, walnuts and wheat germ.

Foods rich in vitamin A: Beef liver, cantaloupe, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and spinach.

Foods rich in B vitamins: avocado, beef, brewer's yeast, broccoli, chicken, chick peas, collards, lentils, liver, peanuts, pork, prunes, spinach, split peas, sweet potatoes, turnip greens and wheat germ.

Foods rich in vitamin D: Dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, and tuna salad.
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