Health-Improving Superfoods

Health Improving Superfoods

It's easy to be intimidated by the term “superfood,” but if you are someone who is looking to add nutrients into your diet that will make you feel better and live longer, then look no further than your local supermarket. If you're lucky, you may have been eating these superfoods all along without ever knowing about their potential benefits.

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So what is a superfood? Well, a superfood is classified as a food containing a high amount of beneficial nutrients. These nutrients have been proven to reverse and prevent signs of aging, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, certain cancers and Type II Diabetes. 

Here's a list of just some superfoods that are easily accessible and that you have likely already tried:

Salmon:Salmon, and other types of fish like herring, sardines and mackerel, are high in Omega-3s which have been proven to lower one's heart disease risk, help ease arthritis pain and help people with depression or memory loss related to Alzheimer's. An added benefit: these types of fish are shown to have some of the lowest mercury levels. For those of you looking to not break the bank, the nutritional value of wild-caught Alaskan canned salmon is the same as fresh but costs half as much.

Yogurt: Although Greek yogurt is all the rage right now, regular yogurt has proven to provide some nutritional benefits as well. Yogurt is a great source of calcium, phosphorus and protein. Since yogurt contains probiotics (good bacteria that your digestive system uses to process and benefit from the nutrients you consume) it can also boost your immune system. Helpful tip: toss some blueberries into your yogurt, they are a superfood as well!

Avocado: It turns out avocados are great for something other than just guacamole. Avocados are high in lutein, potassium and folate, which may help in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Avocados contain monounsaturated oleic, the best kind of fat. Because avocados contain this fat, they help the body stop absorbing bad fats. And who doesn't want that?

Dark Chocolate: Who knew that any kind of chocolate would have such high nutritional value? Research shows that dark chocolate contains antioxidants that can lower blood pressure. Helpful hint: Instead of ice cream or another dessert, have a piece of dark chocolate as your after dinner treat. The darker the chocolate the better! Try finding a dark chocolate with 60 percent or higher cocoa content for lower fat and sugar contents.




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