5. Swiss Chard (Score – 895)
Present in many Mediterranean dishes, the Swiss Chard will prevent many health problems, including cancer, cardiovascular conditions, anemia, and osteoporosis.
In addition to the outstanding variety of conventional nutrients provided by Swiss chard are its equally health-supportive phytonutrients. At the top of this list, many researchers have focused on the flavonoids provided by Swiss chard. Included here are catechin, epicatechin, myricetin, quercetin, kaempferol, and rutin.
A somewhat more unusual flavonoid found in Swiss chard is the apigenin flavonoid known as vitexin. Numerous plants containing vitexin have been studied from a medicinal standpoint, and Swiss chard vitexin has been studied in the lab and in animals for its anti-cancer properties. Along with the other flavonoids listed above, vitexin has been determined to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.