Superfoods for a Super You

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What are Superfoods?

Many dispute that particular foods have huge health benefits since there is no medical evidence that supports this claim. Nevertheless, foods that contain high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants help our bodies to feel healthier, which is why consuming them on a daily basis can prevent chronic diseases, diabetes, heart attacks and even decrease the risk of getting cancer.

Red Berries

Açai, goji berries and blueberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. They are the highest sources of antioxidants, taking into account that one berry is ten times richer in vitamins than a grape.

Since blood is essential for keeping our body in good health, it must be free of cholesterol and full of oxygen. Berries can improve overall blood circulation, boosting the immune system and at the same time helping our brain work faster. Acai oil has been put to good use in anti-aging cosmetics since it contains large quantities of antioxidants that can infuse oxygen into the skin making it looks elastic and renewed.

Brown Health Boosts

Nuts have always been a part of our diet. Almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans consist of mostly good fats that help lower cholesterol levels in our arteries, as well as make the artery walls stronger. Also, fibers in nuts play a major role in preventing diabetes. When it comes to the amount of nuts consumed on a daily basis, a handful is more than enough to guarantee a well-balanced meal.

Recently, a special type of diet, called the Paleo diet, became widely popular because it closely resembles the food habits of people living ten thousand years ago. Among other nutrient-rich foods, nuts, seeds and berries are playing a vital part in this type of eating regimen since it promotes natural unprossesed foods without sugar. The health benefits that the Paleo diet promotes are wide-ranged, from anxiety and poor digestion to diabetes and heart problems.

Green Super Vegetables

Avocado and spinach are nutrient-packed greens important for everyone. Avocado not only tastes good, but it has a highly beneficial effect on health. It is regarded as a super-food since it has a high nutrient value, is full of minerals and richer in potassium than a banana. Potassium reduces high blood pressure and lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

On the other hand, avocado is a fiber-rich vegetable which promotes metabolic health and prevents inflammatory processes. Spinach, as well as avocado, is extremely beneficial since it contains a grand supply of vitamin C and is important in providing antioxidant protection. The anticancer properties of spinach protect against the occurrence of prostate, skin and breast cancer. The amount of bone-supportive vitamin K in spinach is important for keeping the bones full of much needed nutrients.

White Fibers

Oat is a high-fiber breakfast super-food rich in vitamins and proteins that provides both calories and energy. Oat meal is ideal for fat-burning diets as it provides calories and better endurance when training. It also helps with weight loss since it needs more time to dissolve and consumers feel full longer than after a normal meal. Its beneficial characteristics are also proven in resolving skin problems, diabetes prevention and heart health due to the high levels of magnesium that help lower cholesterol.

Unfortunately, oat meal is still underutilized in general nutrition due to its taste that lacks sugar. However, uncovering its potentials may contribute wider and more common usage of this healthy product.

Why Super-Foods are Irreplaceable

People who have a well-balanced nutrition packed with super-foods tend to feel better and look fresh regardless of their age. Furthermore, they can significantly prolong their life expectancy by taking tedious care of their physical health

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