The term superfood is a word coined by the food industry and is essentially meaningless. There is no such thing as a superfood. There are however foods that appear to be rich in antioxidants and particularly magnificent in their nutritional value and contents. Although it is important to remember that these ‘superfoods’ should be incorporated into a varied and balanced diet. In order for your body to function at its best it requires a wide variety of different foods and nutrition. For example if you were to eat these 5 superfoods day in day out you would in fact be consuming an unhealthy diet.
The importance of food and nutritional intake is highly underestimated, the famous phrase ‘you are what you eat’ is entirely accurate. Think about it this way, you wouldn’t put bad oil in an engine otherwise the car wouldn’t run smooth. This exact same practice should be applied to your diet. These 5 superfoods are just some that have been determined some of the best out there, packed full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients that have been known to fuel the body to the max and even combat disease and cancer!
Blueberries have been quite commonly identified as a superfood and even been attributed to improving memory whether or not that is true, they are still packed full of vitamins and minerals and are a serious antioxidant. They contain vitamin K and vitamin C as well as being high in fibre and manganese. It has also been claimed that they match the age defying antioxidants as 5 full servings of other fruit and vegetables! Not bad for such a small berry! Lastly they are cholesterol lowering and anti inflammatories. An easy way to get blueberries in your diet is to add them to cereal such as muesli, weetabix, granola or try them with yoghurt as a snack.
Watercress has to be possibly the most surprising of the leafy vegetables out there. It has quickly come along to sweep spinach and kale flying off centre stage! It recently came top out of 41 powerhouse fruits and vegetables in a study conducted by the William Paterson University. It has also gained itself the title of world’s healthiest superfood! So what makes it such a superfood? It contains around 15 different vitamins and minerals including more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk and more vitamin E than broccoli! If you really want to get in on those vitamins and minerals add some watercress to that salad!
Pronounced keen-wah with a similar taste and consistency to rice and couscous this grain is packed with protein and a marvel at controlling blood sugar level, perfect for anyone suffering with diabetes. It has also been shown to contain all 9 amino acids that the body is actually incapable of producing naturally! There are so many reasons to love this food and it is incredibly versatile as a meal! Although make sure to wash the grains before otherwise you may be left with a slightly unpleasant bitter taste!
4. Green Tea
Even though green tea is not a food it has definitely earned itself a well deserved place in this line up! An entire essay could be written about this fabulous 0-calorie beverage. It is a proven cancer fighter, metabolism booster and calorie burner. 2-3 cups a day could burn up to an impressive extra 300 calories which is absolutely phenomenal! There are so many varieties of green tea out there nowadays and if you find the taste of pure green tea too bitter try it with a slice of lemon, or buy the tea bags that are already lemon infused! Lemons are also great for flushing your body of toxins and hydration so a slice of lemon is only going to make this superfood even more beneficial for your body!
Last, but by no means least is salmon! Particularly wild salmon if you can get your hands on it! Salmon’s most important nutritional benefit is the high content of omega 3 fat, essential for aiding any cardiovascular problems. Salmon trumps other fish due to the fact the proteins are more easily absorbed and digested by the body. The omega 3 salmon contains is also vital for the brain and nerves, so not only is it a superfood it’s also a brainfood! Like green tea, salmon is also great for the metabolism and can be eaten in a variety of different meals!
So there you have it! 5 of the most nutritional superfoods the world has to offer your body, but remember superfoods are great but only when consumed within a varied diet. You don’t need to eat all 5 superfoods every day just to reap the benefits!