Super Red: Pink grapefruit, red bell peppers, tomatoes, and watermelon
Lycopene shows promise in fighting lung and prostate cancers. Lycopene is actually more available after cooking or processing so don’t ignore canned tomato paste!
Super Purple: Concord grapes, blueberries and prunes
The anthocyanins that give these fruits their distinctive colors may help ward off heart disease by preventing clot formation. They may also help lower risk of cancer.
Super Green: Spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard greens and bok choy
Lutein appears to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke as well as guard against age-related macular degeneration. Dark green leafy vegetables are usually high in folate, a B vitamin that shows promising results in preventing heart diseases. In addition, Sulforaphane, a photochemical present in cruciferous vegetables, was found to detoxify cancer-causing chemicals before they do damage the body.
Super Orange: Carrots, mangos, pumpkin and oranges
The beta carotenes in these orange super fruits and vegetables may prevent cancer, particularly of the lung, esophagus and stomach. They may also reduce risk of heart disease and improve immune function.
Super White: Cauliflower, mushrooms, banana and onions
These contain anthoxanthins and allicin, which can help lower blood pressure and protect against stomach cancer.
-Gloria Tsang/Healthcastle/Jan. 2008
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