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Superfoods are all the buzz right now and for good reason. These nutrient-rich foods are high in essential minerals, vitamins and antioxidants and studies show that incorporating them into your regular diet can decrease your risk of chronic disease, boost weight loss and help you live a longer and healthier life. Check out the ‘super’ benefits of the seven foods below and eat up!

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Kefir

Somewhat like yogurt, but full of protein and contains less sugar, kefir is beneficial to your immune system and protects against colon cancer. It has the same creamy texture as yogurt, with a great sweet taste.

Jicama

Looks something like a potato, but is sweet and crunchy. This vegetable has belly-flattening fibers that contain probiotics that keep good bacteria in your stomach. This veggie also has a considerable amount of vitamin C, which is great for collagen production and wrinkle fighting.

Chia Seeds

These nutty tasting, fiber-filled seeds are great because only a tablespoon gives you all the nutrients of a big bowl of oatmeal. You will get the fiber, the bone-building calcium, the omega-3 that is beneficial to the heart,  and iron.

Brussels Sprouts 

Though Brussels sprouts are basically three- day-old broccoli plants, they are packed with the cancer fighting agent sulforaphane. The best part about these tiny plants is that they are easy to hide in just about any meal. Try tossing some on a sandwich, in tacos, on pizza or in your stir fry.

Black Garlic 

This naturally fermented herb has a concentrated amount of antioxidants. The compounds within this wonderfully flavored food help to keep your cholesterol low and fight against cancer. As an added plus, black garlic doesn’t make your breath stinky!

Kelp 

Loaded with vitamin K and other essential nutrients, this vegetable may single handedly be one of the best natural breast cancer fighters out there. It also contains alginate fiber that is known to be considerably great at blocking fat.

Barley

This super grain is sweet with a tasty, nutty flavor. It offers a tremendous amount of niacin which promotes beautiful and healthy skin and hair. Barley also helps to fight heart disease by offering tons of soluble fiber.