The Power of Superfoods

The Power of Superfoods

What is better than a regular old healthy food? How about a superfood! The new trend in health food is superfoods – natural food products packed with nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and polyphenols shown to have health benefits that far outweigh those puny regular foods.

Adding superfoods to your diet can have a large impact on your health, both long and short term. They can help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, prolong your life, lose weight, and even brighten your mood. And you can get all of these superfoods today just by visiting your local grocery store. Check out the list of top superfoods below and see which you should add to your diet.

Avocado: The avocado is a great superfood to add to your diet thanks to the loads of healthy fats and nutrients found inside. Avocados contain oleic acid, lutein, folate, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione to help fight heart disease, cancer, and some degenerative diseases. The great thing about avocados – other than their delicious taste – is that you can add them to a myriad of meals and it will fit.

Blueberries: Never a first choice when it comes to picking fruit, blueberries should start vaulting to the top of the list with all the flavonoids, soluble fiber, and phytochemicals to fight disease packed into that tiny berry. Blueberries are a great fruit for preventing stomach ulcers and high blood pressure, in addition to its disease fighting powers. The can help reduce bad cholesterol and even lessen inflammation. Next time you are looking for a midday snack, consider grabbing some blueberries. It’ll be better than anything else you would choose.

Tomatoes: A staple on any sandwich worth its salt, tomatoes are bringing you more benefits than you could imagine. The big benefit is lycopene, since it is prominent in tomatoes but found in so few other foods. Lycopene helps protect the skin against harmful UV rays as well as lowering cholesterol. Be sure to include tomatoes on any sandwich or salad you are eating to make just a little bit healthier.

Kale: Every hipster’s favorite green is packed with cancer-fighting phytonutrients that help produce enzymes that block cancer causing substances. So if you are making a salad with kale and including some tomato, you can mark yourself off as the healthiest person in the room that day.

Walnuts: Packed with omega-3’s, alpha-linolenic acid, melatonin, copper, manganese, walnuts are great because you can get all of these nutrients without eating too much of them. It only takes a small handful to get enough. Walnuts also protect your brain from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Salmon: When it comes to superfoods that you can make a full meal, salmon is king. Salmon is filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which the body needs to get from outside sources. The fatty acids help improve cholesterol and even improve your circulation. If you are looking for a healthy dinner, put some salmon on the menu.

All of these superfoods are packed with health benefits and are as common as they come. You just needed to know where to look.

 


CATEGORIES: Health, Fruit, Healthy Food, Vegetables, Superfood