5 Fall Superfoods

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

Depending on where you live, summer may already have come and gone... along with beautiful summer produce like tomatoes, strawberries and peaches (some of my favorites), but there are still plenty of delicious fruits and vegetables ready for harvest now. These foods are at their peak nutritional content during the fall, so it would be a great idea to add these to your diet. Dark orange vegetables: Foods like sweet potatoes, butternut squash and pumpkin, are rich in potassium, calcium, vitamin C and antioxidants. Cruciferous vegetables: Foods like turnips, collards, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and broccoli have cancer-fighting ingredients called "indole alkaloids." These veggies are also abundant in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Pomegranates: One of my son’s favorites. These are powerhouses of antioxidants that specifically work to protect the brain and boost memory. Research has also shown that they can prevent hardening and thickening of arteries. Beets: Rich in folate, as well as betacyanin (giving beets their purple/red color). Betacyanin has been found to possess a cancer-fighting ability. Red wine/grape juice: Ever since I can remember, my dad has made his own wine using his own grapes. It is a fall tradition at our house. Grapes have substantial amounts of vitamins such as B6, B1 and C, but they also contain phenolics. Phenolics, sourced from the skin of grapes, decrease the risk of developing heart disease. One such phenol is resveratrol, a natural compound that has anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antioxidant properties.