5 Superfoods to Boost Your Health
A Superfood is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. Some of the nutrients that superfoods may contain include antioxidants, healthy fats, fiber and phytochemicals like flavonoids that have numerous health benefits. There are over a hundred different foods that are considered superfoods. Here are 5 of my favorites:
Blueberries: These are packed with disease-fighting phytochemical such as anthocyanins, resveratrol, cyanidins and quercetin. They also contain high levels of soluble fiber. They have an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory effect in the body and help to reduce “bad” cholesterol. Blueberries help to prevent diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Add fresh or frozen blueberries to your protein smoothie, toss some on top of your salad or eat them fresh as a tasty snack or dessert.
Avocados: These are a delicious, creamy superfood that contain healthy fats like oleic acid, lutein, folate, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, glutathione and high levels of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), the most important B vitamin for adrenal support. They can help protect your body from heart disease, cancer, degenerative eye and brain diseases. Avocados also taste great and are easily integrated into any meal or even a fruit smoothie. Add half of an avocado to your smoothie to add creamy texture and a powerful nutritional boost, or include a side of avocado with your morning omelet instead of potatoes or toast.
Salmon: Wild salmon is a rich source of protein, vitamin D, selenium, B2, B3, B6, B12 and omega-3 fatty acids. These provide protection from cancer, cardiovascular problems, macular degeneration, depression, and cognitive decline. Wild caught, Alaskan salmon is optimal as it routinely ranks low in contaminants and high in nutrients. It can be baked or grilled and should be consumed about 2 times per week for optimal health benefits.
Quinoa: This “grain” has gaining popularity in recent years and is a nice alternative to gluten containing grains or rice. It has high levels of protein and lots of fiber. It also contains minerals like iron, magnesium, and manganese. Add a scoop of cooked, chilled quinoa to your salad or prepare it hot as a tasty side dish.
Hemp seeds: These seeds are high in protein and contain all the essential amino acids needed for growth and repair. Hemp seeds also have a desirable ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and are a good source of amino acids, magnesium, and potassium. They have a nutty flavor and can be added to a smoothie, soups, salads, pilafs, or pesto.
Take advantage of the amazing health benefits that nature has to offer, include superfoods in your diet and reap the rewards!