6 Black Superfoods to Add to Your Grocery List

Blackberries

Move over, green…black foods are here and they’re being noticed as super. Black foods have a high pigment content and are packed with more antioxidants than light colored foods.  Yes, green vegetables are still very good for you, but reserve some room on your grocery list for these six black superfoods:

Black tea

This less popular tea in the health food world contains theaflavins, which are antioxidants that may help boost recovery from sore muscles after rigorous exercise.  You may also be able to decrease your risk of heart attack by drinking black tea.

Black beans

Research at Cornell University has indicated that bioflavonoids, found in the skins of black beans, may help protect against cancer.

Black soybeans

Including these beans in your diet can help reduce the risk of a potentially fatal blood clot, thrombosis–more than the green or yellow varieties.  Heart disease risk may also be reduced due to the alpha-linolenic acid in soybean oil.

Black rice

It seems that brown rice is all the rage, and for many good reasons, but black rice is even better for you.  Vitamin E can be found in significantly greater amounts in black rice and can strengthen the immune system while providing protection to cells from free radical damage. Black rice has been shown to have even more anthocyanin antioxidants than blueberries.

Black lentils

They are deliciously and beneficially packed with iron.  Just one cup of this superfood has about 8 mg of iron which is almost 50 percent of a woman’s daily requirement.  Black lentils may lower your cholesterol and improve your immune system due to their high levels of soluble fiber.

Blackberries

They’re a healthy, sweet treat containing polyphenols, which are said to possibly reduce cognitive decline by giving a cleaning to cells that get in the way of brain function as we get older.  Blackberries are also loaded with fiber.

Now that you’re aware of the health benefits that many black foods provide, hopefully you’ll add them to your list and experience the wellness!

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