26. Green peas
Green peas are an excellent source of iron and folate. When it comes to the immune system, iron helps with immune cell proliferation, especially when they have to fight an infection. Folate may help prevent changes in DNA, possibly reducing the risk of developing cancer. Folate deficiency has been found to impair immunity in some animal studies.
People either love or hate ginger, but even those who stay away from it may want to consider consuming it every once in a while. It may reduce the risk for cancer and alleviate nausea. It may help reduce pain as well because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger may also help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Ginger has antimicrobial properties. The spice is also used in teas to ease cold symptoms.
Carrots are known for protecting the eyes because of their high amount of vitamin A, which also may help reduce the risk of cancer. Carrots are rich in fiber, antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C, too. They also have a more practical use – they help clean the teeth and gums by cleaning plaque and freshening the breath.
If there were a list of “ultimate superfoods,” blackberries would be on top of it, according to Nadler. Blackberries are low in sugar and high in fiber and plentiful of antioxidants, she said. They are full of manganese and many vitamins and minerals. They are loaded with flavonoids, polyphenols, and cancer-fighting ellagic acid.