The old saying, “you are what you eat” is true. Today’s health care professionals all agree: it’s possible to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer by simply looking at your current diet. 

Top 10 Power Foods

1. Whole Grains – Three daily servings of whole grains can help reduce the risk of heart disease (by 25 to 36 percent); stroke (by 37 percent); and diabetes (by 21 to 27 percent.)

2. Yogurt – Source of probiotics, the “friendly” bacteria that fight illness and disease.

3. Salmon – Source of omega-3 fatty acids to preserve bone density.

4. Walnuts – Source of omega-3 fatty acids; reduce the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.

5. Blueberries – Highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants (out of 40 fruits and vegetables.)

6. Beans – Source of protein and antioxidants; provides fiber to help prevent colon cancer.

7. Tomatoes – Regular consumption can decrease risk of prostate cancer by up to 35 percent.

8. Apples – Can be more effective in fighting lung disease than other fruits.

9. Ginger – For nausea; helpful in fighting morning sickness and queasy stomachs.

10. Red Grapes – Contain polyphenols, which help fight heart disease.

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