What are superfoods?
I don’t know if scientists have backed up the term “superfood”, but what is labeled as superfood by the nutrition experts are foods rich in vitamins and minerals that are much-needed for our bodies.
Most of them are also sources of antioxidants, substances that help our body fight free-radicals (toxins produced in our body while processing the food we eat) and therefore stop cell damage and help prevent disease.
Although, every region and cuisine has its own superfoods, nowadays it is very popular for nutrition experts to discover and promote new exotic superfoods from all over the world that are worth trying and incorporating into our daily menus.
Finding the right list of Superfoods
However, as we are surrounded with all kinds of processed food full with additives, colors, sweeteners, artificial flavor and what else, it’s not always easy to eat the right things.
It is why everybody has to pay attention to make sure she/he gets the most nutritious foods while filling the plate.
Just like you pay attention to your workouts and the schedule of what exercise comes next, you have to stick with your diet plan and enjoy the nutritious foods.
Here is a List of Superfoods that are recommended by nutrition experts, that will pack the most nutrients onto your plate.
This green vegetable contains vitamins C, K (which helps with bone health) and A, as well as folate. It also delivers a healthy dose of sulforaphane, a substance that stimulate the body’s detoxifying enzymes therefore fighting cancer cells.
To get the most out of this super veggie, try to eat it raw or lightly steamed, because cooking kills off most of its vitamin C.
The color says it all: They are good for your blood and hemoglobin – protein that transfers oxygen to the cells.
They’re also high in folate, which we need to manufacture new cells and prevent DNA damage (a precursor to cancer).
The juice may boost your workout endurance, so you won’t feel tired quickly and you can exercise longer.
You can drink it like juice combined with other fruits (apples, carrots) or eat it like a salad.
Turmeric comes form curcumin, a member of the ginger family,. So, you can find it as a spice and use it to spice up your meals. In Eastern medicine it has been used to treat infections and help speed wound healing.
The spice is useful in treating conditions like inflammation, digestive problems, arthritis and Alzheimer’s.
They are cheap and they contain fish oil, vitamin D and calcium. What else can you look for?
They also contain Selenium, an antioxidant, that helps keep the immune system fighting fit and protects our cells from damage.
It is part of the broccoli family. Just as the broccoli, the kale also contains vitamin C, along with calcium and vitamin A.
It can also help preserve your vision and prevent eyestrain, because it contains carotenoids.
So, if your work includes being on the computer all day you should definitely include it in your daily menu.
No matter what kind of berries, they are all superfoods. They are rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory powers that lower the risk of many diseases.
You can eat them fresh, or freeze them and make smoothies combined with other ingredients.
7. Black beans
They are good source of iron, a mineral that is part from the hemoglobin and transports oxygen from your lungs to the cells in your body.
Because your body can’t absorb the form of iron in plant-based foods as well as it can the form found in beef and poultry, you should pair beans with a vitamin C-rich food, such as sweet potatoes or lemon juice, to boost your iron absorption.
Beans also boast fiber that benefits blood cholesterol levels.
8. Tart Cherries
They are red fruits. Red fruits and vegetables are rich in anthocyanins, a class of antioxident phytochemical (disease-fighting agent found in plant foods).
Anthocyanins, in particular, encourage healthy circulation, ensure proper nerve function and offer anti-cancer properties.
However, tart cherry juice offers more than anthocyanins. It is loaded with three disease-fighting chemicals that may be beneficial for halting cell transformation (that often leads to cancer): perillyl alcohol, limonene and ellagic acid. They are particularly protective against cancers of the breast, lung, liver and skin.
Tart cherries have the same zippy flavor as cranberries and taste good in smoothies or mixed with other fruits.
Almonds contain high level of vitamin E, that helps lower the bad cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
A quarter-cup of almonds also contains more protein than an egg.
They also contain magnesium, which is good for the muscles and the mood. And they are also loaded with probiotics, a helpful bacteria that promotes healthy digestion and a strong immune system. They may play a role in improving stomach problems, like irritable bowel disorders and diarrhea, and boosting calcium absorption.
This seed is protein-rich and the Incas ate it to give them strength and energy.
It contains all nine of the essential amino acids. The building blocks of protein, amino acids make up our muscles, tendons, glands and organs. Since our body can’t manufacture or store them, we need a steady source from our diet.
Quinoa is also a good source of magnesium, which helps relax blood vessels and maintain healthy blood pressure levels. It may even help prevent migraines.
Now, that you know the top 10 superfoods, get healthy, stay healthy! Which ones are your favorites?!
However, if you want to make sure you get enough nutrients for the day you should start drinking Shakeology daily, as it contains many nutrients from most of the Superfoods.