Are Superfoods Good for You?

Pasta with grated Kefalotyri, Mushrooms, Amaranth GreensWHAT ARE SUPERFOODS?

Superfoods are considered to be nutrient powerhouses that provide large quantities of antioxidants, phytochemicals (chemicals in plants responsible for colors and smells), vitamins and minerals.  Superfoods are also rich in good fats, healthy enzymes, and other healthy properties. Most Superfoods are plant-based, but some fish and dairy also make the cut. Examples of popular Superfoods include salmon, kale, berries, nuts, lentils, spinach, broccoli, etc.

ARE SUPERFOODS GOOD FOR YOU?

Colorful Bell Peppers, Orange halves, Walnuts

The high vitamin and mineral content found in Superfoods can help your body ward off diseases and keep you healthier. When incorporated into a well-balanced diet, these foods can promote heart health, weight loss, improve energy levels and even reduce the effects of aging.

Most of Superfoods are rich in:

– Antioxidants that may help prevent cancer

Healthy fats that can reduce your risk of heart disease

Fiber, which can help prevent diabetes and digestive problems

Phytochemicals that have numerous health benefits including reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

There are Superfoods that:

– may protect your organs from toxins,

help lower cholesterol,

– regulate metabolism

reduce inflammation, etc.

The importance of Superfoods is scientifically proven. Countless research has proven that they’re an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Superfoods are dense in vitamins, fiber, protein, and other nutrients our bodies need to feel energized and ward off disease.

On the other hand, nutrient deficiencies can have devastating effects:  a  lack of vitamin D in your diet can lead to bone weakness later in life,  an Omega 3 deficiency can cause fatigue and even depression, etc. Therefore… The sooner you start to include Superfoods in your diet, the better off your body will be.

EATING A WELL-BALANCED DIET 

Fresh Veggie salad with Egg and HamA well-balanced and nutritious diet should include fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, legumes, and nuts while limiting the intake of sodium, refined sugar and bad fats. When combined with exercise or regular physical activity, a healthy, nutritious diet can work wonders for your health.

It’s important to note that eating Superfoods alone does not contribute to a healthy diet. Eating too much of one type of food can prevent you from getting all of the nutrients you need. For this reason, Superfoods should be added to a well-balanced diet, not replace one.

When adding Superfoods to your diet, be aware that unprocessed, natural varieties offer the most benefits. Eating more brightly colored fruit and vegetables is the simplest way to dramatically improve your health. A research report published in March 2014 found that eating 7 or more portions of fruit and vegetables daily reduces the risk of death from any cause, by unbelievable 42%.  This and similar research results together with mentioned Superfoods facts could be the answer to our question: “Are Superfoods good for you?”

HOW TO ADD SUPERFOODS TO YOUR DIET

While most Superfoods aside from raw fish and meat can be consumed as – is, the majority of people prefer a cooked meal, and cooking takes time. Cooking Superfoods does require a bit of extra effort, but the benefits are worth it.

Here are some Superfoods you can easily incorporate into your everyday meals:

Healthy Breakfast with Walnuts, Banana and Blueberries

  • Walnuts – Studies have shown that adding these Superfoods rich in omega-3’s to your diet can improve memory and even help prevent Alzheimer’s, a devastating brain disease with no cure. Add walnuts to your yogurt, salad, or just have some plain for a snack.

  • Berries are well known for their antioxidant properties. Strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, fiber, and get their color from flavonoids – a nutrient that’s been shown to reduce inflammation and help prevent brain and heart disease. Add berries to your salads, oatmeal, or yogurt.

  • Broccoli is one of the best sources of vitamins A, C, and K. It also contains fiber which is important for digestive health. This Superfood is known as a cancer-fighting and has as much Calcium as a glass of milk and more vitamin C than an Orange. You can boil it/ or steam it, add your favorite extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice – and your amazing broccoli salad is ready!

Healthy lunch with Salmon, Rocket leaves, Tomato

  • Salmon and other fish are Superfoods full of heart-healthy  Omega 3’s and protein. Salmon can quickly be cooked up in the skillet and tossed onto a salad or served with a side of veggies. This amazing fish may help lower cholesterol and ward off heart disease.

  • Natural (raw) honey – This Bee product contains nutrients and enzymes which have various health benefits and medical uses. Natural honey benefits: it’s nutrient-rich and antioxidant-rich food, cures colds and coughs, supports healthy cholesterol levels, a source of energy, great for skin health, etc. You can enjoy it: on bread, waffles, pancakes, in oatmeal or yogurt, with tahini or walnuts, etc.

Glass of Fresh Orange Juice, Sliced OrangeAn easy and practical way to incorporate Superfoods into your balanced, healthy diet is  – juicing. Juicing is not any healthier than eating whole fruits and vegetables,  but, it’s easier to digest and easier to absorb into the bloodstream. It also leads to better detoxification and improved health. Fruit and vegetables can be combined to make amazing juices whereby one component compliments the other.  Here are some of juicing health benefits: it may boost your immune system, increase your energy, support your brain health, promote weight loss, etc.  Read more about juicing benefits, how to juice the right way, etc…

Superfoods are often described as foods that will make you look great, feel great and help you live a longer, healthier life. Yet, Superfoods without support/base in healthy eating habits are not efficient.

Healthy, balanced diet with incorporated Superfoods and healthy lifestyle is the way to improve your health. One of the best examples of a healthy, balanced diet is Med Diet (click HERE to learn more…).

Two Happy Girls jumping on the Beach

Find more regarding Superfoods…

Here is my Top 20 Superfoods list…

And my 50 Superfoods List…

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