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The word Superfoods is a well-used one these days. No single food that holds the sole key to good health or disease prevention, so it is important to eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods that support life long good health.
Here are ten of the foods packed with a range of essential nutrients that we feel are worthy of the ‘Superfood’ title:
Nuts are full of fats. But they're the healthy, mono- and polyunsaturated kind, which can help lower cholesterol levels and help prevent heart disease. In addition, nuts are a good source of protein, fibre, selenium, vitamin E, and vitamin A.
Not only is quinoa a good source of protein, it supplies complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. It also has a good level of the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. It is also a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium and folate.
Besides being an excellent source of high-quality protein (about 30 grams in a four-ounce serving), salmon is one of the best food sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help protect your heart. The power of omega-3s appears to be their ability to lower blood fats and prevent blood clots associated with heart disease.
Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries
These berries contain vitamin C, folic acid, fibre, Carotenoids and Anthocyanins (antioxidant that helps neutralize "free radicals" (cell-damaging molecules) that can help lead to chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease).
Dark Green Vegetables
Dark green vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, beta-carotene, vitamin C, folate, iron, magnesium, and antioxidants. A variety of dark greens offers a unique blend of phytonutrients that research suggests may fend off age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Maca has a positive effect on hormone balance and energy levels, and has proven to improve sexual function, memory and focus. An antioxidant and health booster, maca restores red blood cells and contains high amounts of iron; important for preventing anemia and other cardiovascular diseases.
A single 100-calorie sweet potato supplies the recommended daily intake of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of vitamin C, potassium, iron, and the two trace minerals manganese and copper. The fibre in sweet potatoes promotes a healthy digestive tract, and the antioxidants play a role in preventing heart disease and cancer.
Tumeric contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory, metabolism-boosting, detoxifier and disease-fighter. It has also proven to be an effective digestion-aid, improve joint health and skin conditions, support thyroid function, and encourage brain health.
Ginger, an adaptogen, helps us deal with the negative effects of stress such as increased inflammation, depleted energy levels, damaged blood vessels and various types of hormonal imbalances. It has proven effective in helping regulate insulin levels. Pair with Vitamin C for best absorption.
This disease-fighting, detoxifying immunity booster is packed with antioxidants, protein, key vitamins and minerals. A few benefits include natural detoxification and microfloral balance, healthy weight maintenance and weight loss, and support of good eye, bone and heart health. With 3900% (not a typo) more iron than spinach and 2800% more beta-carotene than carrots, Spirulina is a mega-nutrient-dense booster.
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