We all know about these healthy foods but what might surprise you is that they work better in combination, because there are many nutrients that the body needs but finds difficult to absorb. Also, certain foods can lessen or neutralize the less healthy effects of others.

Salad and eggs. Vegetables used in salads have nutrients called carotenoids but these may sometimes not be absorbed properly into your bloodstream. If you top your salad off with a boiled egg, it will help in the process of getting the most out of it.

Green tea and lemon. Most of us love to squeeze lemon into our cup of green tea just for the taste, but research shows that the catechins, or antioxidants in tea thrive in acidic conditions, which is exactly what the lemon juice provides.

Turmeric and black pepper. The benefits of turmeric have been extolled for ages but studies reveal that these can be amplified by combining it with black pepper. The piperine in the pepper enhances the absorption of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, by 2000% , so the two work very well when combined.

Spinach and oranges. Oranges are one of the richest sources of Vitamin C, and spinach is full of iron. However, only about 15% of the iron in it is actually absorbed into our bloodstream. Vitamin C-rich foods help push up the rate of absorption, so adding orange slices to your rocket or baby spinach salad is always a good idea.

Broccoli and tomato. Tomatoes are a rich source of the antioxidant lycopene, as well as vitamins A and C. Broccoli, full of phytochemicals, is one of the best foods for fighting cancer, especially prostate cancer. When you combine these two superfoods they pack one helluva punch.