Superfoods - the Secret to Superior Nutrition
Packed with nutrients - Check.
Great for health - Check.
Easily available & consumable - Check.
Contributing to overall wellness - Double check!
Yes, it's definitely time to welcome Superfoods into our lives! Some foods only feed hunger and some foods give us pure culinary pleasure, but Superfoods are the ones with the power to nourish us in an enhanced way. Superfoods include a variety of nutritionally-dense foods, proven to be beneficial for overall health and well-being. Some have very specific healing or nutritional properties. They are mostly plant-based (though dairy-based and meat-based are not far behind), and contain a lot of vitamins and minerals.
What is 'Super' About Them?
According to researchers in NYU's Langone Medical Centre, "Superfoods have extra-large doses of vitamins and minerals that can help us ward off diseases and live a longer, healthier life." And how does this happen? Some superfoods contain particular nutrients like antioxidants – which have been useful in the fight against cancer, while some have healthy fats which help prevent heart disease, or healthy fiber to keep diabetes and digestive problems at bay.
The Superfoods in Your Life
If you were wondering what triggered this "new trend" or "modern concept", we should let you in on a not-so-secret fact – you have probably been consuming superfoods for years.
And if you haven't, well – you can start with your own pantry! Here are some of the most effective and easy superfoods you can add to or find in your diet:
Apples are loaded with fiber and quercetin (an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory value), Bananas (packed with potassium that can stabilize your blood pressure), Oranges (Hello, Vitamin C!) – all the favourites make it to the "Superfruits" list!
- Spinach, cabbage and most leafy greens:
Yes, those vegetables you made a fuss to eat as a child are packed with vitamins A, C & K, loads of minerals, and if you cook it well- packed with flavour too!
- Walnuts & Fatty Fish:
Walnuts and Fatty Fish (Canned Fish, Salmon Oil) provides the Omega 3 the body needs! Omega-3 Fish Oil contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). According to studies, these have proven to slow the development of plaque in arteries and normalize the heart rhythm, effectively reducing the risk of heart disease.
Consuming Superfoods Just Got Easier!
While eating superfoods in their natural form is great, there are also convenient and easy-to-consume nutritional supplements and capsules for when you can't cook or accommodate it into your diet. The powders are popular supplements that can be mixed into water or tea, and are easy for intake. And if you prefer not to alter your current diet tastes, or have allergies to certain superfood ingredients, a superfood supplement can easily fill the gap in your nutritional intake.
Consuming a superfood is surely a recommended step towards better nutrition and overall wellness and for best results, it should be complemented by the intake of a healthy diet and an active, healthy lifestyle.
Keep these in mind, and you are well on your way to a much more 'super' life!