Four Foods Which are Actually Superfoods
There is always a new superfood trending in the health and wellness world. Most superfoods are expensive and are all these so called ‘superfoods’ really worth the extra dollars? Well, as far as antioxidants go, some belief you do get your money’s worth. However, let’s take a look at some popular foods that you may already be eating everyday. Alternatively, you may be able to easily add these foods to your weekly shopping list without increasing your budget too much.
Eating a balanced healthy diet, exercising, practising yoga and relaxation daily is a great achievement to accomplish for a healthy lifestyle. Add some good quality supplements to address your specific health goals and some delicious superfoods to your healthy lifestyle and you could be rocking your way to optimal health. Superfoods are nourishing powerhouses in the world of nutrition. According to the American Heart Association superfoods gain their name ‘super’ because they are packed with large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Some superfoods are merely called superfoods for marketing efforts. So be careful before paying the extra money for any foods labeled ‘superfoods’. Our top four foods, which don’t cost a fortune and we consider superfoods include.
Acai, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries and goji berries are all considered superfoods. According to experts berries offer us a mass of antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, potassium and vitamin C. Berries may have the ability to improve your health by lowering your risk of dementia, heart disease and boost your immune system. Keeping a bag of mixed berries in your freezer is an efficient and cost effective way to keep a good supply of berries in your kitchen. Try mixing them into smoothies, topping your yoghurt or muesli with them or eating a few berries to curb a sweet craving.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Anything green on your plate is usually a step in the right direction. Increasing your vegetable intake may be directly associated with improved health and also as a great tool for preventative medicine particularly atherosclerosis in older women. However, some green leafy vegetables do deserve a special superfood mention including:
- Beetroot Greens
- Collard Greens
- Bok Choy
Chlorophyll found in green leafy vegetables gives these vegetables their colour. Chlorophyll has been found to improve your health in many ways.
Green leafy vegetables also offer an abundance of antioxidants, vitamin A, C, E and K. Broccoli, bok choy and mustard greens are also rich in B vitamins which among other things, is great for stress relief, youthful skin and as part of a healthy aging program.
Nourishingly nutritious nutrients that the humble egg offers include; protein, healthy fats, vitamin A, B’, D, E and K, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, selenium, choline and folate. You may have heard that eggs are high in cholesterol, and they are. Egg consumption does increase total cholesterol. However, research suggests that eating three eggs every day results in an overall beneficial effect on biomarkers associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil drizzled over your green leafy vegetables with a sprinkle of cracked black pepper and Himalayan rock salt is a match made in heaven for your taste buds and your health. Drizzling extra virgin olive oil over all your salads and vegetables is considered a staple part of the increasingly popular Mediterranean Diet. Studies suggest the Mediterranean Diet helps with the prevention and management of many chronic diseases. Dietitians Association of Australia claims that extra virgin olive oil is good for weight control and heart health.
According to research olive oils’ phenolic compounds make this oil excellent for prevention of atherosclerosis and cancer with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity. Extra virgin olive oil contains; vitamin E and K, saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.
There are many other healthy foods which can also be considered superfoods. Try nourishing your body with these delicious foods to begin with before we take a look at the others.
Written by Nicola Makim
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