Superfoods have drastically increased in popularity since 2011, mainly due to the combination of great taste combined with the nutritional value. Listed below are ten superfoods available in your local supermarkets, offering a power pack of nutrients with every bite.
1. Goji berries:
Goji Berries contain Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Vitamin A, iron, selenium, and antioxidants like polysaccharides. This combination is known to boost the immune system, protect against heart and brain disease, and allegedly can fight cancer.
2. Hemp seeds:
Hemp crop fibers are used for a variety of purposes, and hemp oil is made from these fibers, which are essential for treating pain and other muscular diseases. Hemp seeds are composed of Gamma- Linoleic acids, a basic building block of muscles, and regulate body temperature.
Yogurt contains essential components for maintaining bone density and strength, like calcium, protein, potassium, and sometimes Vitamin D. All these factors are essential in treating osteoporosis, a condition caused by weakening of the bones. Furthermore, yogurt nourishes skin and hair, prevents hypertension, and aids in digestion.
4. Chia seeds:
Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 helps in raising the HDL cholesterol also known as the “good” cholesterol of the body, which protects you from heart related diseases and stroke. When added to water, they provide a vegan egg-substitute.
Cacao is filled to the brim with antioxidants, which help in preventing a wide range of cardiovascular issues. Furthermore, cacao balances blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, and scrubs away arterial plaque.
Wheatgrass is proven to reduce cell damage and repair stress on injured tissue. Wheatgrass also helps protect against conditions such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Kale is packed with protein and fiber, which leaves you feeling full after consuming a small amount, thus aiding in weight loss. Kale also contains folate, a Vitamin B product, which helps brain development.
8. Sweet potatoes:
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin D, which is essential for good bone development, and iron, which help towards the building of a healthy immune system.
9. Acai berries:
These berries are loaded with antioxidants, and are alleged to have anti-cancer properties. They improve cholesterol, and boost brain function.
Avocados are a good source of potassium, even more than bananas. They are loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids, lowering triglyceride and bad cholesterol levels.
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