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October Superfoods

Help maintain weight, fight disease and prolong life expectancy with these superfoods that are ripe and ready for picking in the month of October.

Pumpkins

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Just a cup of mashed pumpkin packs more than 200 percent of your daily recommended vitamin A, which is crucial for healthy vision and immune system functioning, among other things. The delicious orange squash is also rich in alpha- and beta-carotene, two nutrients that have been associated with longevity, says Dr. Steven G. Pratt, M.D. Try throwing in some pumpkin seeds into a salad, or making pumpkin soup.

Carrots

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Carrots are another great source of eyesight-boosting vitamin A and beta-carotene, and are also rich in fiber, potassium and vitamins C and K. Carrots are great solo or also as a salad accompaniment.

Pomegranates

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The tasty fall fruit is loaded with heart-healthy antioxidants, fiber and vitamins C and K. Pomegranate has also been linked to fighting prostate and breast cancers, says Pratt. Mix seeds into your breakfast cereal or into a salad. Straight pomegranate juice is sure-fire way of getting the most out of the fruit since the entire fruit is utilized.

Artichokes

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Artichokes are good sources of vitamin C and fiber, and the hearts in particular are a surprisingly rich source of antioxidants. Simply steam and enjoy with a healthy dipping sauce, such as olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Beets

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The compounds that give beets their color have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, similar to those of pomegranates and blueberries, says Pratt. Perfect within a salad, also try them steamed and incorporated into a multi-veggie dish, or pasta.

Cabbage

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Cabbage is a good course of vitamin C, fiber and potassium. It also may play a role in fighting cancer, like a number of other superfoods in the same family, like broccoli, says Pratt. Replace your regular go-to sandwich or burger topper with this green number.

Source: Huffington Post

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