‘My new diet is now going to include superfoods!’ exclaimed my friend as he finally made a decision about following a proper diet. Many of my other friends who were listening were just intrigued by the ‘super’ in the superfoods. While there is no shortage of gimmicks and hype around ever growing trends, the question is just how ‘super’ and important are superfoods?
Unlike most ‘super’ related stories, the truth about superfoods is simple (No, they do not don capes or make you fly). Superfoods are highly nutrient-dense foods and are beneficial in terms of preventing various diseases. These foods do more than just help you meet your normal requirement of vitamins, minerals, and compounds. They can help you achieve better health, prevent heart diseases and improve your mood too. All in all, a great package for the ‘super’ when you can look younger and lose a few pounds on the waist!
The Ever Changing
As consumption of junk and sugary food increases, it's important to strike a balance that improves your health. Obesity and ill lifestyle habits are the biggest problems that hinder our goals towards fitness. Since most healthy trends focus on getting the best for your body, the buzz of superfoods has recently come in limelight because of its unique benefits and could prove to be the game changer. Aid it with regular exercise and a well-balanced diet, and superfoods could essentially bring out the ‘super’ in you!
A Better Life!
Besides listening to your mother when she says, ‘eat your vegetables’, superfoods are a great addition to your everyday diet. Because of the nutrient-dense property of superfoods, the benefit of consuming them on a daily basis is immense. The benefits vary from a marked increase in energy levels, better immunity, muscle growth and improved mood. These nutrients are often rich in antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, and proteins that promote a holistic improvement in the functioning of the body.
We’ve populated a quick list to help you add superfoods to your diet. Don’t forget to help yourself to a better life!
Wheatgrass - High in iron, calcium, and magnesium.
Cinnamon - High in flavor and antioxidants, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol.
Blueberries - High in antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.
Avocados - High in monounsaturated fats, folate, vitamin C and vitamin K.
Salmon - High in Omega-3 fatty acids.
Sweet Potatoes - High in vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and manganese.
Almonds - High in calcium, proteins, vitamin E and vitamin A
Acai Berries - High in antioxidants, healthy fats, fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Coconuts - High in medium-chain triglycerides, healthy fats and helps lower weight.
Flaxseeds- High in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese.
(Precautions: Please do not consume the foods listed above if you are allergic or sensitive to it. Discontinue or consult a doctor in case of negative symptoms or side-effects)
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