Many people are unsure what super foods are and what they do, well they are actually multi-tasking foods. They are all packed with various disease-fighting nutrients, usually with few calories. At present there is no definition of super foods,
But it is accepted in general terms that super foods as well as being highly nutritious contain high levels of much need vitamins and minerals.
They can also be a great source of antioxidants, substances that shield our bodies from cell damage and help fight diseases like previously stated. Diet and what you put into your body plays a highly important role in our health.
Super foods – Berries
All berries are an incredible source of fibre; a nutrient that most people don’t actually get enough of in their body yet it plays a highly important part of a healthy digestive system.
Raspberries boast the most amount of fibre and they also contain ellagic acid which is great for boasting immune systems. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants that may help keep memory sharp as you age.
Whereas strawberries provide more than a full day’s recommended dose of skin firming vitamin C, these fruits are also packed with an enzyme also known as malic acid which naturally makes your teeth whiter meaning when you visit your dentist London they will be very impressed with your pearly whites.
Super foods – Cacao & Cocoa Powder
Chocolate and cacao powder actually contains flavonoids which are known to help lower blood pressure and also the flow of blood to the heart and brain.
It contains fewer than 15 calories and almost no fat which means that cacao provides a strong chocolate flavour with no guilt. Remember you will need to read the label before buying any products as if you ever see the terms @Dutch or alkalised cocoa’ this means that the powder has been processed and nearly90 per cent of the antioxidants have been removed, you will need to opt for raw or nonalkalized versions to get the full affect.
Super foods – Nuts
As well as rich in sources of heart-healthy statured fat they are also high in protein. Those who eat nuts can actually add, on average, an extra two and half years to their lives.
Walnuts are great to add to your healthy diet as they have a high level of alpha linolenic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid which has been linked to improve heart health as well as boost moods. Walnuts also have high mono and polyunsaturated-fat content which helps reduce cholesterol levels while also maintaining healthy levels of ‘good’ cholesterol.
Super food – Sweet Potatoes
Due to sweet potatoes bright orange colour they are filled with alpha and beta carotene. The body then converts these compounds into the active form of vitamin A, which helps improve our eyes, bones and immune system as well as keeping it healthy.
One medium sweet potatoe in your diet totals as having nearly four times your recommended daily dose of vitamin A, as well as C and B6, potassium, manganese, lutein and zeaxanthin, it has also been dubbed as one of the most nutritional vegetables.
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