What are the superfoods
There is so much talk around the health world about the Superfoods that I thought I would write a short articles giving you a list of Superfoods and why they have been named as a Superfood
Imagine being able to eat your way to health. Eating certain foods instead of taking drugs to drop your cholesterol, decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and the other diseases that have become common in our society. Imagine being able to add a few great tasting foods to your diet and waving your pharmacist good bye.
Researchers have found several foods that are reported to have super qualities that will improve the health of the user. Here is a list of these 12 Super Foods that will help to improve your health.
Blueberries are an antioxidant super food that are packed with phytoflavinoids and are high in potassium and Vitamin C. They will lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and inflammatory diseases such as arthritis. Actually inflammation is the key to most chronic diseases, so blueberries have lots of benefits. When choosing your berries recognize that the darker the berry the more anti-oxidants they have. Half a cup of berries a day is a serving and reportedly the frozen are as good as the fresh.
Omega-3 rich foods:
Omega-3 fatty acids lower the risk of heart disease, help arthritis and can possibly help with memory loss as well as prevention of Alzheimer’s. Omega-3 fatty acids are most prevalent in fatty cold water fish such as salmon, hearing, sardines and mackerel. These fatty acids can also be found in plant foods, most specifically flaxseed. It is very easy to get an adequate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids every day or weekly by adding milled flaxseed to your salad or cereals. The addition of this flaxseed in the milled state adds no additional flavor.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a diet of soy fiber which would also include proteins from oats and barley will help to decrease or lower cholesterol levels. The product needed is from tofu, soy milk or edamame and not soy powder which means soy sauce won’t do the trick. An important note: if you have a family history of breast cancer it is not recommended to eat extra soy because it also contains plant-based estrogen which is necessary in the growth of breast cancer.
a diet high in fiber will maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels and will help you feel fuller longer which is a great weight loss tool. Good sources of fiber are whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables.
Tomatoes contain lycopenes which are in antioxidants more potent than vitamin C. These lycopenes stimulate the immune function and can slow the progression of degenerative diseases. Try and include at least one medium tomato each day into your diet.
Sprouts are highly nutritious and are produced when the seed starts growing into a vegetable. They vary in texture and taste and are high in living enzymes. Because sprouts are the beginning of a plant they are a concentrated source of living enzymes that is lost when the food is cooked or not picked fresh from the garden. They are also much easier to digest than seeds or beans.
studies have shown that this little berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world. Pronounced ah-sigh-ee this berry is from a special Amazon palm tree and harvested in the rain forests of Brazil. It tastes like a blend of beer and chocolate and packed with antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. You can find it in several health food stores and gourmet stores where it is currently produced as unsweetened pulp.
Nuts and seeds:
Nuts are an incredible way to dramatically decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes as well as control your weight with no hunger pains. Nuts and seeds also reduce visible signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin. You can add nuts to your salads, cooking or just grab a handful in the afternoon to enjoy as a filling and satisfying snack.
Recently green tea has received much attention as a superfood mainly for lowering cholesterol and inhibiting cancer. Green tea also has an antioxidant which has been found to lower cholesterol levels and keep them lower for individuals who drank a cup of tea a day.
We know that calcium helps build strong bones and bodies and helps to prevent osteoporosis. Other studies have shown that calcium also helps to improve weight loss. Calcium is found in dairy products such as milk and cheese or can be taken as a supplement. Interestingly calcium is also found in green leafy vegetables which means you don’t need to eat your ice cream in order to get your calcium.
You may have noticed that these “super foods” are nothing new or unusual.
Instead these are foods which researchers and doctors have been telling us for years to include in our diet to improve our overall health.
Just remember that health is not a sprint but rather a long distance run or marathon. You must eat good foods every day to maintain your health over the coming years. You won’t change your health by increasing the amount of super foods you eat on a daily basis for just one week.