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In the health and wellness community, you hear a lot of people touting the crazy benefits of foods from Timbuktu — foods that you never heard of before the 1990s, foods that emerged in mega media campaigns.

Some dude discovers exotic foods deep down in the tropical forest. These foods supposedly have so many amazing qualities that he calls them superfoods.

But these superfoods are super-expensive and only grow in tropical areas.

If you want the most bang for your buck, you need foods that are easily accessible, affordable, and can be grown in your own backyard. Luckily, there are plenty of inexpensive powerhouse foods that you can find easily.

The Allium family can fight infections and ease digestion:

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  1. Chives

  2. Scallions

The  Amaranthaceae  family restores iron levels, which combat fatigue and improve energy levels:

  1. Beet greens

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    Chard

  3. Spinach

The Asteraceae family, aka sunflower family, promotes a healthy liver and digestion and is anti-inflammatory:

  1. Chicory

  2. Endive

  3. Dandelion

  4. Iceberg lettuce

  5. Leaf lettuce

  6. Romaine lettuce

In the Brassicaceae family aka cruciferous vegetables are anti-inflammatory and promote healing:

  1. Arugula

  2. Broccoli

  3. Brussels sprouts

  4. Cabbage

  5. Cauliflower

  6. Chinese cabbage

  7. Collard green

  8. Kale

  9. Kohlrabi

  10. Mustard greens

  11. Turnip

  12. Watercress

The Cucurbitaceae family can improve vision:

  1. Pumpkin

The Solanaceae family can strengthen bones, improve vision, and promote glowing skin:

  1. Tomato

  2. Red bell pepper

The Rosaecae family is anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and regulates blood glucose:

  1. Strawberry

The Rutaceae family purifies the kidneys and liver and improves digestion, skin and vision:

  1. Lemon

The Umbelliferae family is antibacterial and also improves skin and vision, eases constipation, and boosts immunity:

  1. Carrots

  2. Parsley

All of these foods are cheap but powerful.

So if you want to stay on a budget, refer to these powerhouse foods regularly and add a variety of them to your meals

This article was republished with permission from Mind Body Green you can find the original article here.

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