Although the medical community doesn’t recognize any particular category of items to be “superfoods” the term has been used to represent foods that are nutrient rich and are simply healthier than others. Since I’ve resolved to eat healthier, I decided to look into which superfoods may be a good fit for my regimen. Superfoods can range from common foods like almonds and oranges to more rare items such as yacon or maca root. I think incorporating a few of these superfood items could really benefit your diet overall.
Kale: It seems like everywhere I turn nowadays I’m hearing about kale. Restaurants may be substituting kale in lieu of romaine or iceberg lettuce due to the higher fiber content and health benefits. One cup of kale can provide 100% of your daily intake of vitamins A, C, and K. It also provides anti-inflammatory benefits and cardiovascular support. Problems with your eyesight? Kale is full of lutein and zeaxanthin which promote healthy eyesight. With over 45 varieties of antioxidant flavonoids it could help aid in cancer prevention.
Flaxseed: When walking down the bread aisle at the market, you’ll find bread noting that it incorporates flaxseed. If you’ve ever wondered if it’s worth it to spring for the more expensive loaf, I’d recommend it. Here’s why. Flaxseeds contain high levels of dietary fiber ad well as lignans and omega-3 fatty acids. It can help lower cholesterol levels and well as prove to be beneficial in individuals with cancer and diabetes.
Almonds: As many of you know, heart disease has been the leading cause of deaths since the 1970s. Studies have shown that a handful of almonds a day can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. In addition, it also reduces the risk of diabetes and cancer. The high vitamin E and natural oils can help reduce the signs of aging like wrinkles or sagging skin. It’s a great snack choice and can help curb hunger for weight loss. Best of all, they taste great. Why wouldn’t you incorporate these bits of nutrition into your life?
Wheatgrass: You’ll find shots of wheatgrass now a common menu item at juiceries. These highly nourishing shots can help the body’s blood flow, digestion, and detoxification process. The Center for Disease Control recommends a minimum of five servings of vegetables per day. With just one shot of wheatgrass, at only seven calories, you are taking in the equivalent of at least one serving of vegetables. You can easily grow some in the comfort of your own home which makes it very convenient to get your daily dose.