A balanced, nutritious and healthy diet is the fundamental pillar of good health.
Eating well can help to prevent diseases and generate energy and vitality. An overall feeling of well-being is created in the body. Eating well is not only an online trend, is a lifestyle.
You've most likely heard of Superfoods. But are they? Are they just foods with a superhero cape? Well, let's find that out!
Superfoods: High Density of Nutrients
First of all, a superfood is a 100% natural food. For example, seeds, roots, herbs, fruits or algae. But what makes them Superfoods then? That they contain a high density of nutrients.
The word Super is added because they are a superior source of essential nutrients, like antioxidants. Nutrients that are necessary for a proper physiological functioning or our bodies.
These nutrients are not naturally produced within our body. So this is why it is essential to get them from these Superfood, which nourish our cells. Producing increased levels of energy, improve immunity and help our general well-being. Superfoods are absorbed and used extremely efficiently within our body.
Adding Superfoods as a part of our daily diet is a great way to ingest more nutrients in an efficient and quick manner.
Therefore, these foods have become so popular due to the growing interest of the population in health care and healthy lifestyle habits.
Top 10 Most Popular Superfoods that we can Find at the local Supermarket
There are tons of Superfoods, however, there's a clear Top 10 tan will help you energize your body. Let's dig in!
- Golgi and Açai Berries: two berries that are a great source of antioxidants! Antioxidants have been shown to be capable of minimizing the damage produced on the DNA by free radicals. When DNA is altered, the cell develops abnormally, causing diseases. There are also studies that have shown benefits on mental clarity, athletic performance and general feeling of good health after regular use.
- Avocado: characterized by its high content of plant-based fats that help maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels.
- Chia seeds: they are a super source of omega 3, in fact they contain 7 times more than salmon! Omega 3 is a natural anti-inflammatory. Which makes it an ideal nutrient for athletes as well as people with pro-inflammatory and chronic diseases (e.g. allergies, overweight, fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease). The wonderful chia seeds are also a source of protein, fiber, vitamin C (7 times more than orange), iron (3 times more than spinach), potassium (double of a banana) and calcium (5 times more than milk ).
- Spirulina and Chlorella: two wonderful algae. Spirulina is one of the best sources of protein that exists. Chlorella is a great source of vitamins and minerals so it is recommended to maintain a properly working immune system.
- Ginger: is a very popular root, which is rich in essential oils, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. We will talk about it later in another blog. Do not miss it!
- Wheatgrass: This is a super alkalizer of the blood. Even though its name contains the word Wheat, it has nothing to do with it, and it's gluten-free! By consuming wheatgrass as part of your diet you can help your body move towards a more alkaline pH and counteract the acidity produced by the regular consumption of acidifying foods (animal products, dairy, processed and artificial foods, alcohol and caffeine). Additionally, wheatgrass normalizes the thyroid gland which stimulates metabolism. Also due to its high enzymatic content, it helps improve digestion.
- Maca: Maca is a root that has been used for over 2000 years. Regular use of maca has been proven to increase energy and performance, improve sexual desire, improve fertility, and boost the immune system. This is an excellent superfood to use as part of chronic fatigue treatments and for athletes.
- Kale: is one of the richest in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. It is very alkalizing and purifying.
- Passion fruit: its seeds are very tasty and antioxidant due to their content of phenolic compounds that protect the body from free radicals that damage the DNA. It provides magnesium and favors intestinal transit due to its fiber content.
- Coconut oil: 90% of the fats in coconut oil are saturated. But recent studies compare them to those provided by breast milk. Coconut Oil activates your metabolism since its medium chain fatty acids pass directly to the liver providing energy. It also helps balance your appetite and burn abdominal fat. It also reduces cholesterol and triglycerides, thus improving your cardiovascular health.
As well as these examples, there are many other types of superfoods! It is important to know them well in order to make good combinations between them and further enhance their wonderful effects on health!