How 11 Superfoods Will Improve Your Future Health

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What you eat can affect how you feel the rest of the day, but it will also impact your overall health in the long term. Packed with nutrients to help you avoid chronic illness in the future, superfoods can help you live a longer, healthier life.

1. Avocados

These green fruits come to the rescue when you want a healthy substitute for cream or butter. Avocados are packed with folate (a B vitamin essential for body functions such as red blood cell production and DNA production and repair), vitamin K, and more potassium than a banana. So-called alligator pears are high in calories (300-400 calories each), but they’re packed with monounsaturated fats that have a positive effect on cholesterol.

2. Prunes

In an effort to shake off certain age-related stigmas, prunes are more often referred to as “dried plums.” Regardless of their name, these chewy snacks are extremely nutritious and available year-round. Studies show that prunes help improve iron absorption, possibly as a result of their large quantity of vitamin C. They are also packed with vitamin K and most B vitamins. The dried fruit is also helpful with weight loss and maintaining blood sugar levels.

3. Garlic

If you can tolerate the bad breath, you should up your garlic intake. The superfood has vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese (an essential nutrient that staves off anemia and bone diseases such as osteoporosis). If you’re trying to ward off a cold, garlic is chock full of antioxidants that help prevent the illness before it really takes hold. It has also been shown to significantly reduce high blood pressure to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Thanks to a healthy quantity of allicin, garlic is also great for preventing hair loss; try rubbing some cloves on your scalp for an effective treatment (that might also ward off vampires).

4. Barley

Good news, beer drinkers! Two glasses of beer can contain 10 percent of your recommended daily fiber thanks to the barley. The grain decreases your risk of colon cancer and heart disease, and provides the body with intestinal protection. You can also thank this superfood for lower cholesterol and healthy bacteria production.

5. Olive Oil

This Mediterranean favorite is loaded with healthy fats, plus vitamins E and K. The oil also has anti-inflammatory benefits, similar to ibuprofen. This effect is great for combating diseases caused by chronic inflammation, like arthritis. Studies have shown that cooking with olive oil will significantly lower your chances of heart disease (especially when it’s used in place of other oils), so keep a bottle handy in your kitchen.

6. Cashews

Cashews contain iron, which helps deliver oxygen to your cells in order to prevent anemia, and zinc, which improves your immune system and vision. They are also great for the brain: The presence of magnesium may improve memory. It’s possible that eating cashews will help prevent memory loss associated with age.

7. Brazil Nuts

One serving of this nut gives you a full day’s worth of selenium, an important mineral that may protect against certain cancers. A healthy dose of selenium can inhibit cancerous cell growth, but don’t go overboard—more than a single serving can be harmful to your health.

8. Dark Chocolate

Before you go out and buy an entire heart-shaped box for yourself, keep in mind that this chocolate needs a high cacao content to be nutritious—look for some with more than 70 percent. High-quality dark chocolate is filled with flavonoids that help reduce blood pressure and improve blood flow. The healthy candy helps overall heart health, which is more than you can say about a pack of licorice.

9. Honey

Honey can do it all: It’s rich in antioxidants and helps the immune system, so it’s great for staying healthy inside and out. It works as an energy booster, antiseptic, and soothing agent. Thanks to its antibacterial nature, honey can help prevent tooth decay, despite its sweet taste.

If you are feeling under the weather, a dollop in your tea can also help relieve a headache, improve sleep, and soothe a sore throat by supplying nutrients necessary for warding off your worst symptoms.

10. Spinach

This leafy green is popular amongst parents everywhere, and it should be at the top of your grocery list as well. A great source of vitamin K, vitamin E, potassium, folate, copper, magnesium, and other important nutrients, this nutritional powerhouse is vital for staying healthy and disease-free. Eat a generous portion of spinach to lower blood pressure, prevent asthma, manage diabetes, and reduce the risk of cancer. The leafy greens can also prevent hair loss and weakened bones thanks to their high iron content.

11. Salmon

Oily fish like salmon are great for your heart. Eating two servings of fish a week can lower blood pressure and greatly decrease your chances of cardiovascular disease. Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon can lower inflammation and slow plaque buildup inside blood vessels. It also stabilizes the heart and lowers the chance of abnormal heart rhythms. If you’re not a fan of seafood, you can also take omega-3 in capsule form.

When you’re young, setting goals for a healthy diet can also prime you for a healthy future. Whatever the goal, we all need our support group of family and friends to inspire and encourage us to keep aiming higher. At HSBC, we’d never claim to play a starring role in your successes, but can be part of your supporting cast. Together, We Advance.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

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12 Very Haunted Roads

Don't get caught on these roads at night.
Don't get caught on these roads at night.
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What could be scarier than driving down a dark road at night? Driving down one of these dark roads at night. If any of the below routes—compiled by Commercial Truck Trader—pop up on your GPS this spooky season, consider finding an alternate way to your destination.

1. Jeremy Swamp Road // Southbury, Connecticut

Jeremy Swamp Road and several other streets in southwestern Connecticut are said to be frequented by Melon Heads, creatures that, according to the New England Historical Society, live in wooded areas and “look like small humanoids with oversized heads” that “survive by eating small animals, stray cats and human flesh, usually the flesh of teenagers.” Some say the Melon Heads are the result of inbreeding, with others theorizing that they escaped from local hospitals or asylums.

2. Owaissa Street // Appleton, Wisconsin

Legend has it that every full moon, a tombstone in Owaissa Street’s Riverside Cemetery bleeds. The tombstone belongs to Kate Blood, who, according to some stories, was either a witch who killed her husband and children with an ax, or was a woman murdered by her husband. (Local historians, however, say Blood died of tuberculosis.) Visitors also report seeing a creepy hooded figure roaming the cemetery.

3. Prospector’s Road // Garden Valley, California

Driving along this hilly, three-mile stretch of road is not for the faint of heart: It’s supposedly haunted by the spirit of a tall, bearded prospector who was murdered after he drunkenly bragged about his claim. According to Weird California, those who run into the entity—who is supposedly responsible for many an accident along the road—will hear him whisper: “Get off my claim.”

4. Sandhill Road // Las Vegas, Nevada

The flood tunnels beneath Sandhill Road between Olive Avenue and Charleston Boulevard in Las Vegas are said to be haunted by a dead couple. People have also reported hearing creepy, ghostly moans coming from the darkness and being chased by the specter of an old woman.

5. Bloody Bride Bridge // Steven’s Point, Wisconsin

Drivers on Highway 66 in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin, might get a glimpse of the ghost of a bride who was supposedly killed on her wedding day in a car accident on the bridge. Legend has it that if those drivers park on the bridge at midnight and look in their rearview mirrors, they’ll see the bride, in her bloody wedding dress, sitting in the backseat.

6. Boy Scout Lane // Steven’s Point, Wisconsin

Also located in Steven’s Point, the isolated Boy Scout Lane is supposedly where a group of Boy Scouts died, although no one quite seems to know why or how—some say they were killed while camping when their fire raged out of control; others say it was a bus accident; and some say they simply disappeared. Whatever the reason, visitors to the area now say they can hear footsteps and calls for help coming from the woods.

7. Route 66 // Villa Ridge, Missouri

Located on Route 66, the abandoned Tri-County Truck-Stop is a hotbed of ghostly activity. Before the restaurant shut down, employees reported hearing strange noises, seeing apparitions, and watching as coffee pots were thrown across the room by invisible forces.

8. Stagecoach Road // Marshall, Texas

On this red dirt road—which once served as a route for stagecoaches traveling to the town from Shreveport, Louisiana—paranormal investigators have snapped photos of ghosts and had the batteries of the equipment they were using to investigate drain inexplicably. Others who have driven down the road and turned off their cars said they felt a presence stepping on the bumper; when they went home, they discovered tiny handprints in the red dust on the back of the car. The road is supposedly haunted by the spirit of a Voodoo priestess.

9. Route 666 // Douglas, Arizona

The road formerly known as Route 666 may now be part of Route 491 [PDF], but some still call it The Devil’s Highway. Drivers traveling on this section of highway have recounted being pursued by a pack of terrifying dogs or a phantom semi-truck, among other strange and scary encounters.

10. Goatman's Bridge // Denton, Texas

Old Alton Bridge is an iron-truss structure built in 1884 that got its unsettling moniker from local legends. Fifty years after the bridge was built, a successful Black goat farmer named Oscar Washburn—who went by the nickname “Goatman”—put a sign on the bridge that read “This Way to the Goatman.” The sign incensed the Ku Klux Klan, who hanged Washburn on the bridge. But according to Legends of America, “when they looked over to make sure he was dead, they could see only the rope. Washburn was gone and was never seen again.” Some report seeing a man herding goats across the bridge, which was decommissioned around 2001, while others say they’ve seen a half-man, half-goat creature there.

11. Route 375 // Rachel, Nevada

Entertaining the idea of a close encounter? Drivers on this road—which runs near the Nevada Test and Training Range, home of Area 51—have reported hundreds of strange, potentially alien sightings from Alamo to Tonopah, leading to the route’s nickname: “The Extraterrestrial Highway.”

12. Ortega Ridge Road // Montecito, California

This road is haunted by Las Ters Hermanas, or The Three Sisters—three nuns who, it’s said, were murdered more than a century ago. They can be seen standing on the side of the road, arms crossed, their eyes bright blue and their faces glowing.