Let’s just establish one point from the get go, not all foods are created equally. Some foods are so full of antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals, and other beneficial substances that they are fondly called “super foods”.
What are some of these super foods? What health benefits do these foods provide? We’re going to tell you… just keep reading.
1. Acai berry
Sitting pretty at the number position is none other than this exotic fruit from the Amazon. Acai berry, rich in essential fatty acids, amino acids, and antioxidants, packs a mighty nutritional punch that improves heart health, promotes skin health, aids weight loss, improve cellular health, and fights premature aging.
A high-fiber, cholesterol-free and sodium-free food, avocado is rich in several essential nutrients, including healthy mono saturated and polyunsaturated fats, vitamins (A, C, D, E, K, and B vitamins), and potassium.
Good for the heart and eyes, avocados also contain glutathione in high amounts. Glutathione is a potent antioxidant that is effective in blocking over 30 carcinogens, a substance that can cause cancer in living tissues.
With so many health benefits on offer, how can you but not include avocados in your diet. Eat them raw or with salad or, if you wish, use avocados them baking products in place of the usual fat sources, like butter or mayonnaise.
Yes, it might cause bad breath. However, this is a small price to pay when you consider that garlic, according to National Cancer Institute, may reduce the risk of several different types of cancer. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant food that reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, and protects against cardiovascular disease.
There are bad bacteria and good bacteria. We require a healthy amount of the second variety in our digestive tract, and yogurts are the best source of these bacteria. Yogurts come in many flavors, and can be eaten at any time of the day.
Extremely rich in calcium and a good source of magnesium, riboflavin, potassium, and phosphate, yogurt aids prevention of osteoporosis, helps certain gastrointestinal conditions like diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, lactose intolerance, and constipation, and may boost the immune system.
You can safely eat as many as three servings of yogurt in a day. As far as which is a better choice, full fat or low fat, is concerned, the answer, contrary to what many calorie-counters believe, is full-fat yogurt.
The reasons are: it tastes better, it contains certain enzymes which help the body metabolize milk and milk fats better (these enzymes are removed when fat is removed from the diary), and often low-fat diary contains sugar (it’s not the fat, but sugar, that makes us fat).
One serving of broccoli provides you more than the daily-recommended value of vitamin K that is so essential for strong, healthy bones and plays a vital role in blood clotting. What’s more, a half a cup of this super food may help reduce the risk of a number of cancers, especially cancers of the colon, lung, stomach, and rectum.
6. Adzuki Beans
These red beans are a great source of antioxidants and good source of many other essential nutrients, including potassium, folate, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, carbohydrates, and iron. Adzuki beans help in liver detoxification, aids prevention of diabetes, boost the digestive system, and promote heart health.
A potent antioxidant, blueberries are believed to be help with memory loss and in the prevention of different types of cancer. In addition, blueberry extracts have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and help prevent urethra, bladder, and gut infections.
There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble, and we require both in certain amounts for a healthy digestive tract. Barley, a low-glycemic grain, is rich in soluble as well as insoluble fiber. Besides aiding the digestion process, it is said to help control blood-sugar levels, lower blood cholesterol levels, and protect against cancer.
Packed with fiber and vitamin C, kale is a low-cal, low-carb source of protein, that helps you feel full. You can add it to a salad or soup, pair it with nuts, drop it in a green smoothie, or just sauté it. One nutritionist even said that if she were trapped on a desert island with only one food, it would be kale.
10. Wild Salmon
Two to four servings of wild salmon a week, which is significantly more nutritious than farmed salmon, reduces your risk of sudden-death heart attacks and promotes healthy bones, skin, and hair.
Health Slacker Tip of the Day…
Now that you’re aware of so many healthy and tasty super foods, put down the fast food and start incorporating as many of these foods as you can!