Superfoods You Must Add To Your Diet
Although there’s no official, scientifically accepted definition of “Superfood”, we have used this term to label dietary essentials packed with nutrients and various health benefits. Incorporate these foods into a balanced, healthy diets and you’ll be feeling superhuman in no time. Here are 10 Superfoods You Must Add To Your Diet.
One of the many reasons spinach is always praised as a superfood is the way it boosts energy whilst reducing fatigue which so many people suffer from in the Western world. Spinach leaves are a great source of iron which is a key component in the red blood cells that fuel our muscles with oxygen for energy. Also, compounds found in spinach have been found to increase the efficiency of our mitochondria, the energy-producing factories inside our cells.
Acai Berries have been linked to weight loss as well as being praised as having anti-aging properties. These fruits contain very high levels of antioxidants in the form of anthocyanins, which help fight off disease. It’s also one of the few fruits with oleic acid—the same heart-healthy fat in olive oil. The best way to enjoy the benefits of this nutritionally rich berry is to buy packs of unsweetened frozen acai that you can blend with any sweet fruits to make a smoothie without a lot of junk.
Despite their relation to marijuana, hemp seeds contain virtually no trace of the psychoactive ingredient in their controversial cousin. The seeds are high in protein and contain all the essential amino acids needed for growth and repair. Hemp seeds also have a desirable ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and are a good source of amino acids, magnesium, and potassium. They have a very mild taste, so you can add them to soups, salads and many other meals.
Kale is a fibre-rich, dark green leafy vegetable which looks similar to spinach and is jam-packed with essential vitamins and minerals. The vitamin A and C in kale is fantastic for your skin, helping to prevent many symptoms of ageing. It also contains lutein, a nutrient that is beneficial for your body and complexion, and also brightens the whites of the eyes. One serving of cooked kale provides more than half the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
These little berries pack a major punch – they contain 18 amino acids (that’s a LOT of protein), they have much higher vitamin C content than oranges AND they’re rich in plant-based antioxidants and compounds. Goji berries also contain melatonin, the hormone responsible for signalling the bodies’ readiness for sleep. Also, because they’re dried, they have a long shelf life!
Nuts are another superfood rich in healthy fats and proteins that help you slim down and tone up. Almonds in particular can help you shed pounds. In fact, they are the most nutritionally dense nut, meaning they offer the highest concentration of nutrients per calorie per ounce. For just 191 calories, a one-ounce serving provides 3.4 grams of fibre and a healthy dose of potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, and iron.
Flax seeds are teensy tiny nutritional powerhouses. They’re absolutely packed with fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and antioxidants. We only need a few teaspoons of seeds a day to benefit from their healthfulness, and luckily for you, finding ways to work them into your daily meals is easy.
Salmon is a great source of protein and contains minerals such as iodine, potassium and zinc. It also contains omega-3 fats – the ultimate anti-ageing nutrient and a major component of brain and nerve tissues. Omega-3 fats are also beneficial for good eyesight. Wild salmon contains loads of vitamin D and selenium for healthy hair, skin, nails and bones. For optimum health benefits, consume salmon at least three times a week.
Oats are rich in fibre and they release slow burning, long-lasting energy which can keep you active throughout the day. They also provide the perfect way to incorporate many of the superfoods listed in this video into one “super breakfast” to kick start your body and metabolism into gear every day. Chunky Porridge Oats are high in calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, protein and more. As well as helping improve your skin, they are brilliant for those suffering from stress and tiredness. I cannot recommend Porridge enough as a breakfast.
What could be better than washing down your super-porridge with a piping hot cup of delicious green tea? Green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression…
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