"Food synergy is when components within or between foods work together in the body for maximum health benefits,” says Elaine Magee, R.D., the author of 25 books, including Food Synergy. “By eating foods that have a synergistic effect, you can absorb more nutrients, gain control of your appetite, and lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and weight-related diseases like Type 2 diabetes.”

Synergy can occur across different types of foods or even within a food itself, and the tag-team ingredients don’t necessarily need to be in the same mouthful, or even the same meal.

The foods that follow can do more for your health together than they ever could alone.

Check out the slideshow above to which ingredients work better together than apart for your health.

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