Superfoods are foods that are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and flavenoids. When eaten regularly, they promote wellness and help fight cancer, cholesterol and other health threats. They not only taste great, but will also make you feel great. Stock these 10 superfoods in your fridge to live that healthy life you’ve always wanted.
This Brazilian berry grows on palm trees in the rainforests of the Amazon and is rumored to be the best superfood around. It is high in fiber and protein but low in sugar content. Acai can be found in smoothies, frozen yogurts, juices and even in alcoholic beverages. Acai berries are ten times richer in antioxidants that red grapes, blueberries, cranberries and strawberries.
Blueberries are also called whortleberries, bilberries and hurtleberries. They contain flavonoids, natural compounds that protect the neurons of the brain from decaying. Flavonoids also give the fruit its deep blue color. Because is is packed with B complex vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin A, it has been used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans. During World War II, British pilots ate bilberry jam which has helped improve their night vision. Blueberries are also rich in anthocyanosides, an antioxidant that improves eyesight.
This stinky, pungently scented bulb has the ability to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of getting bacterial infections. Garlic also has anti-inflammatory benefits which can relieve ailments such as arthritis and asthma. Yo don’t have to worry about getting bad breath for eating garlic as this spice need not be eaten in large quantities. You can still enjoy the benefit’s of garlic even with just two cloves per week.
It’s only in recent years has this ancient but well-represented fruit reach the shores from the Mediterranean and Middle East. Now, it is used to sweeten Western dishes. The juice of this seedy red fruit promotes a healthy heart and combats stroke, hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease. Pomegranates have been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a traditional remedy for diarrhea, dysentery and intestinal parasites.
Aren’t you surprised? Yes, the dandelion roots are edible. Despite being considered a weed, this small flowering plant should never be ignored. The dandelion is rich in essential minerals like potassium, magnesium and zinc, as well as B-complex, beta-carotene and vitamin C. It is also a natural diuretic and helps in boosting kidney and liver function and lowers blood pressure. Although the entire dandelion can be eaten, its roots can be taken in supplement form or as a herbal tea. Its slightly bitter taste has led it to become a substitute for coffee.
Not only are these seeds edible, they are also filled with a lot of nutrients. Just 2 tablespoons consumed throughout the day gives your body the protien, fiber and omega-3 it needs to be energized and detoxified. Chia seeds are crunchy and flavorless, which may go unnoticed when sneaked into many foods. You can mix them into your yogurt, oatmeal or salad for extra calcium, iron, copper and zinc.
Watercress is sometimes regarded as a weed in some parts of the world. But with its so many health benefits, it’s one weed you can never afford to throw away. It helps combat a variety of cancers and has long been used to treat scurvy. It has high iodine content and is beneficial for people with hypothyroidism as it has strengthening effects. This leafy perennial is best consumed while fresh and raw.
Pumpkins are filled with flavor and health benefits. Its meat, seeds and oil of this all-time favorite contains vital nutrient that lessen signs of aging as well as the risk of prostate cancer in men. Aside from boasting of a high mineral content, pumpkins are also anti-diabetic, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory.
Teff is a staple in Ethiopian cooking for many years and has been a domesticated plant ever since. This versatile plant is an important of the North African diet because of its ability to grow in harsh conditions. Teff is among the smallest grains in the world and is rich in dietary fiber, protein, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s gluten-free. It can be steamed or boiled whole and can be served as a side dish, or mixed in with soups and salads for additional nutrients. It can also be used in pancakes, wraps, breads and other baked goods.
This once rare bark of the cinnamon tree is now a household name that can be used from Indian curry to American apple pie. This sweetly scented spice helps balance blood sugar and can be added to the diets of diabetics. It has anti-inflammatory properties that alleviates the symptoms of arthritis. Cinnamon can also be used to stop the growth of food-borne bacteria. Not only is it a food preservative, it also aids in digestion and prevents stomach ulcers.
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