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But I have a list of superfoods that live up to their hype. These are the real deal… And according to certified nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, they really do work to keep us healthy and help us lose weight:
•Grass-fed beef. A recent Clemson University study found that, compared to grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in nutrients… And it contains double the amount of a fatty acid called C-L-A. That’s important because C-L-A plays a key role in helping the body burn fat and build muscle. Meaning it helps us lose weight, and keep it off.
•Wild-caught salmon. You’ve probably heard us talk about the omega-3s in wild-caught fish, that’s a fatty acid proven to boost heart and brain health. But salmon’s also a good source of selenium, a mineral that helps reduce inflammation.
That helps make our immune system stronger. Plus, studies show a strong link between higher levels of selenium and decreased anxiety and depression.
•Raspberries. Blueberries may get all the attention, but raspberries are higher in fiber. In fact, one cup provides 8 grams of fiber, or about a-quarter of what most adults need for a full day. And a diet high in fiber helps keep our blood sugar level stable, which in turn, reduces our hunger and cravings, so we eat fewer calories.