It’s time to reach for those Superfoods! Superfoods are packed with nutrients that offer a wide range of health benefits and have very few negative properties. While these Superfoods won’t make you super human they may help ward off diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis. These are the 12 we recommend you add to your diet.
Apples are fibre rich and help you feel fuller for longer while providing you with a necessary dose of pectin. It’s believed that pectin reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, and the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer, and diabetes.
These are really fantastic for many different things, Cranberries can help flush out bacteria so they are a must for those nasty urinary tract infections. Cranberries are also great to help reduce cholesterol – it doesn’t matter how you eat or drink them, just as long as you do!
These little beauties are loaded with the antioxidant lycopene and have been thought to play a part in protecting the skin against damage that leads to skin cancer. On top of all of that Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C which help boost your immune system.
This is such a new Superfood but boy does it deserve it’s title. Research is still underway but there is evidence that Kale is great for providing you with vitamin C, potassium and calcium. Now this is very new research but kale may help to prevent breast and ovarian cancers. Researchers think that kale’s phytonutrients may cause the body to make enzymes that combat cancer-causing substances.
Blueberries aren’t just delicious, they may protect you against cancer and dementia, and can even neutralize free radicals that cause cell damage. That is, the nutrition in blueberries can help to protect the skin against prematurely ageing.
In terms of superfood criteria, the selenium in lean turkey breast meat will help boost your immune function. Turkey also contains niacin and vitamins essential for energy production.
Eggs are not only a great source of protein to start your day off right, but they also combat anemia because they are rich in iron. Not only that eggs have biotin and vitamin B-12, which can help make your hair stronger and healthier.
Rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6. Spinach also provides antioxidants (via flavonoids), is anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, and helps lower the effects of stress in the body (via magnesium). – WOW!
Quinoa is a whole grain that’s an excellent source of fiber and even has protein, so it’ll help you feel fuller for longer. Quinoa’s fiber and whole grain helps to prevent high cholesterol, and since it’s also rich in zinc, it’s thought to protect against stroke and cancer.
While salmon has omega-3 fatty acids, the key ingredient here is the DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Your body can use DHA to protect its cellular membranes, which can help combat depression, cardiovascular disease, strokes, hypertension, and Alzheimer’s.
Pistachios pack a heap of antioxidants your body needs to reduce cholesterol and even help reduce stress in some situations. II haven’t finished yet, they are also a great source of iron, calcium and potassium.
For a healthy folate-rich snack, steam edamame or sprinkle it onto a salad. It’s even been shown to ward off grey hair in some cases. Some have even pointed to edamame as something of an aphrodisiac.