If you’ve read a health-related article in the past few months, you definitely came across the term superfood. There’s a new one every 3 months or so and the world goes crazy over them. But what exactly are these superfoods and what are their qualities? Can they make us super-healthy or keep us younger-looking forever?
Well, the answer is a bit disappointing. These superfoods are nothing else but regular foods packed with a lot of nutrients that can help keep us healthy. However, they alone won’t be able to keep up with our modern lifestyle so we still need to exercise, keep diets, and pay attention to our health. But, according to studies, including them in our diet is a fantastic step to a healthier organism and brain. So, let’s see the superfoods we shouldn’t ignore.
This small, purple berry from the rainforests of South America got the whole world’s attention when it reached the state of a superfood. It was praised to be extremely helpful in weight loss and anti-aging treatments. While it’s true that the fruit is packed tightly with antioxidants and oleic acid, the fruit won’t produce wonders for your skin and health overnight.
Even more, it is usually unavailable in fresh form. But, you can find it as powders, juices, or in a frozen state. The frozen berries are the only ones closer to their natural state as they don’t contain added sugar or preservatives.
The Goji fruit was used at first by Chinese herbalists to treat poor circulation and help boost the immune system. This happens because Goji berries are high in Vitamin C and again, antioxidants. Sadly, they only grow in Tibet and Inner Mongolia, but you can find them in stores as dried up fruits or in drinks and powders.
This superfood is definitely not as delicious as the first two, but it’s just as healthy. Seaweed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids (great for a healthy heart) and minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and iodine) and offers a powerful boost for the immune system.
If you don’t like their general aspect (who does, anyway?) you can consume them in nori for sushi, dulse, hijiki, and kombu.
These seeds grow in Mexico and are considered one of the healthiest superfoods. Even though much of their popularity is marketing, the Chia seeds earned their title as a superfood – they are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and fiber.
They are also great in replacing fish in your diet. Actually, they are quite delicious and make you think about nuts. So, if you don’t like fish, here’s your alternative!
This is definitely a superfood you don’t want to ignore! According to recent studies, certain phytonutrients found in Kale help prevent the occurrence of breast and ovarian cancers. It seems that certain compounds stimulate the liver in producing enzymes that fight cancer-causing substances, keeping the body healthy and protected.
So start munching!
We all know them and there’s no special place where they grow. So you might even think they are quite boring. However, black beans were crowned as a superfood because they can easily replace meat in the diet. Even more, they bring all the benefits (protein, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and more) without the saturated fat. Pretty cool, right?
In the end, we can only tell you that the list of superfoods is extremely long. There are amazing foods out there that just wait for you to discover!