Affordable Superfoods - Acai, Goji, Pomegranate and Spirulina
The same key nutrients that give high-priced health foods their disease-fighting powers can be found in other fruits and veggies.
By Erin Biba
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the December 2010 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
A large, seeded red fruit grown around the world, originally native to Iran and the Himalayas in northern India.
Miracle Nutrient: Polyphenols. You may have heard that these antioxidants lower cholesterol, but that claim is still up for debate. Studies do indicate, however, that they can reduce the risk of heart disease. A 2010 study found polyphenols may also guard against age-associated mental decline.
Mega Price: A 16-ounce bottle of POM pomegranate juice is $5.
Common Sources: Aside from simply eating a pomegranate, you can also get polyphenols from widely available sources such as Concord grapes, red wine, artichokes, parsley, strawberries, and all forms of tea.