Super Foods for Better Health
There has been a lot of attention given to Super Foods in the recent past and it is well deserved. Super Foods are those unprocessed foods (mostly fruits and vegetables) that offer tremendous benefits for humans. These foods can literally help lower blood pressure, reduce cancer risks, reduce diabetes risk, and much more. An intelligent diet that focuses on super foods can have a tremendous impact on the health of an individual. Let’s take a look at some of these super foods and discuss a few of them.
Greens (spinach, broccoli, kale, and others)
Green vegetables are some of the most beneficial foods we can eat. Spinach is sometimes considered the “king” because it is loaded with folic acid, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, C, and E. Broccoli contains beta-carotene or Vitamin A in abundance. Other greens have similar nutrients.
Fruits (blueberries, oranges, kiwis, tomatoes, and others)
Different fruits offer different benefits so it is wise to have a diversified diet in fruits. Berries are loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients and blueberries have one of the highest concentrations of these nutrients. Be sure to include many fruits in your diet such as bananas, apples, and grapefruits.
Fish (Salmon, sardines, herring)
The fish with the highest levels of omega-3s are cold-water fish such as salmon. Omega-3s may help people with arthritis, memory loss, and lower heart disease risk.
Nuts (Walnuts, almonds, pecans, peanuts, pistachios)
Nuts are a great food, just don’t eat too many at a time. They are high in fiber, antioxidants, protein, and heart-healthy fats.
Beans contain protein, fiber, potassium and more. They are an excellent source of magnesium and their fiber helps lower cholesterol.
Yogurt is a wonderful food that offers protein, potassium, calcium and more. The low fat or fat free varieties are the most popular and yogurt is another versatile and economical food.
One of the most versatile and economical foods is the egg. Eggs contain as many as twelve vitamins and minerals and can help with brain development.
There are many other excellent foods such as oats, quinoa, and sweet potatoes. I can’t list all of them in this blog article. Most importantly, educate yourself and start eating these super foods in your diet.