8 Foods to Help You Detox Naturally | Amy Myers MD

Blueberries get their blue color from antioxidant pigments called anthocyanins, which help protect cells from free radical damage. Their intake is associated with improved weight maintenance, neuroprotection and a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, death, and type 2 diabetes.  

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The enzyme that converts glucosinolates into its active compounds is destroyed by heat, so try having cabbage raw in salads or eat it lightly cooked (blanched). But even if you do cook this vegetable all the way, it still has nutritional value. Two fermented foods that are made with cabbage (which have the added benefit of probiotic bacteria) are sauerkraut and kim chi. Try cabbage in sweet potato and red cabbage slaw or in a creamy coleslaw.


One of the more affordable antioxidant foods, cabbage has glucosinolates, sulfur-containing compounds that are converted into active forms isothiocyanates and indoles. These compounds may decrease some cancer risks such as lung, breast, kidney, and more. It is also high in vitamin K and vitamin C and ½ cup have only 11 calories.  

Our bodies neutralize and eliminate dietary and environmental, and bodily toxins every day. Certain foods can support this process by providing vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, essential fatty acids, fiber, and other needed nutrients. If you're interested in improving your diet, give these superfoods a try.

Almonds are also fantastic because they have a high vitamin E content (one ounce has 35% of the daily recommended intake), fiber (one ounce has 3 grams), vegetable protein (one ounce has 6 grams), and monounsaturated fats (almonds are 51% monounsaturated fat). They're also rich in magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, folate, and phytochemicals, all of which may help prevent chronic diseases.  

Another antioxidant favorite, garlic contains sulfur-containing compounds that may fight harmful bacteria and yeast in the intestines.   The sulfur compounds, called allicin, are broken down in the body to allyl sulfides, which may guard against heart disease, certain types of cancer, arthritis, and diabetes.