3. Are superfood blueberries getting super boring? Pineapple or cranberries are great replacements.
Pineapple not only packs antioxidants like blueberries, but also has manganese and thiamine—which increases energy production for exhausting workouts—and an entire day’s worth of vitamin C to keep your immune system strong. One of pineapple’s enzymes, bromelain, may also have anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits, too. (Pineapple also has easily digestible natural sugar, making it a great pre-workout snack, but diabetics and others who need to watch their blood sugar should be mindful of it.)
As for the cranberries, Farrell says some research suggests cranberries can help fight off liver, prostate, and colon cancers, and help with heart health. “There is some evidence that the plant compounds called polyphenols in cranberries might help decrease cardiovascular disease by preventing plaque buildup and decreasing blood pressure,” she says. As an added bonus, cranberries are known to help with dental health and prevent gum disease.
Cranberries may be easier to find dried and are great in cereal or oatmeal, or can be baked into muffins or breads, while the pineapple can be a great summer grill item or can be diced on a pizza.
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