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Superfoods, Better Moods

17 Superfoods That Fight Disease

These nutrient-packed foods can help ward off ailments ranging from heart disease to the common cold.
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Flaxseed

Why it's super: Not only does flaxseed lower blood cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack, but it is also a rich source of lignan, a powerful antioxidant that may be a powerful ally against disease and certain cancers, especially breast cancer. Just 2 tablespoons of ground seeds (which are digested more efficiently than whole seeds) contain about 20% of the recommended daily fiber* intake and more than 100% of the recommended intake for inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids.

How to enjoy it: Add ground flaxseed to baked goods for a nutty flavor or sprinkle it on top of your favorite cereal. It's also delicious when blended with yogurt and fresh fruit for a tasty smoothie.

*One word of caution: Incorporate flaxseed into your diet gradually as it can have a laxative effect.

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