Superfoods: Your Health Hero
14 Jul 2015
‘Superfoods’ first kicked off in the 90s when the term basically meant that yes, there are actually foods that are packed with nutrients that will supercharge your diet, increase your metabolism, burn body fat, lower cholesterol, assist your digestive system and overall improve your health! And guess what? These awesome foods aren’t hiding from you. Here, we let you in on ten of the best readily available Superfoods and why they’re just so marvellous.
All hail to the almighty kale! Filled with nutrients, Kale is deemed one of the world’s healthiest foods as it proves particularly advantageous for healthier hair and skin, stronger bones, a better digestive system and has even been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease.
While you may not appreciate the smell it leaves on your breath, Garlic is truthfully more powerful than its potential to scare away vampires. Its prosperous range of 75 organosulfur compounds including the special amino acid allicin, embody antiviral and anti-inflammatory agents. This vegetable predates as far as 2600 B.C. when the Sumerians used it as medicine, and has been linked to preventing cancer, reducing blood pressure and cholesterol and is particularly handy for when you need to fight the cold and flu.
3. Goji Berries
These berries lead the way for having the highest concentration of protein than any other fruit and are packed with a whopping amount of Vitamin C that’s 500 times greater than oranges. Whether you eat these nutrient-dense berries raw or dried, they work to boost your immune system and to reduce fatigue. And since these goji berries have been renowned through traditional Chinese medicine, they’re also said to relive lower back pain, dizziness and to improve eyesight.
This popular green cabbage is so commonly consumed that it’s easy to forget it’s actually a Superfood. Broccoli is packed with plentiful amounts of essential vitamins, minerals and bioflavonoids, all of which combined, protect your cells from mutation while a cooked cup of broccoli supplies greater iron and beta-carotene. These help to fight fatigue, eye diseases and can assist in prevention against cancer.
These brain-shaped nuts provide great fuel for your mind and body as they contain rare antioxidants such as polyphenol that powerfully help to reduce cholesterol and support the inner lining of your blood vessels for better heart health. Walnuts are both incredibly unique and beneficial since they’re rich in neuro-protective compounds including omega-3, folate, Vitamin E and melatonin. These nuts are praised for improving brain health, lowering the risk of diabetes, prostate and breast cancer, and have recently been linked to helping the reproductive health in men.
6. Coconut Oil
Popular as a beauty product and versatile in nature, Coconut Oil contains near 60% of medium chain fatty acids which are converted into energy with both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties proven to help with digestion, to motivate your metabolism and to lower cholesterol. It’s easy to include this Superfood in your diet by simply adding it into your next smoothie, hot chocolate, homemade desserts and energy bars, and can generally be used for cooking, baking and stir-fry’s. For the best health results, use an unrefined virgin coconut oil.
Pomegranate is your fast track to better heart health; it’s rich in phytochemical compounds with high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols that altogether, may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. You can eat this powerful red fruit as it is, inside a juice or sprinkle its seeds over your salad. Consuming a single glass of pomegranate juice provides you with more antioxidants than red wine or green tea.
Let’s get fishy with it! Salmon can improve your brain functionality, eye sight, sleeping routine, happiness and is largely an excellent source of Vitamin D which is essential to have for upholding prime health. It’s one of the richest sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, which significantly enlighten your mental health.
9. Chia Seeds
They may be small, but they’re ultra powerful. Chia seeds are loaded with protein, high in fibre content, rich in antioxidants and prove superior with five times more calcium than milk and remarkably three times more iron than spinach. Both black and white chia seeds contain the same nutritional amount and they help to stabilise your blood sugar levels, strengthen your immune system and are ideal for supporting weight loss. They’re super easy to add to your daily meals by simply sprinkling them on top, or you can plainly consume them within a cup of water.
Last but definitely not least, these low-fat berries are bursting with anthocyanins, flavonoids, antioxidants and Vitamin C, proving the powerful potential to help prolong ageing for keeping you berry happy! Through their excellent agents, Blueberries are well known for also enhancing brain power, increasing heart health and have been linked to lowering the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
To purchase some of the above Superfoods or for an even greater range, visit your local Healthy Life store.