Why Your Body Loves Superfood
Superfood has become quite a popular buzz word. Do you know what it actually means? It originated as a marketing term generally referring to any food with health benefits. Isn’t all food supposed to provide health and nutrition for consumers? Amid this noise and misdirection, there are plenty of real foods which science has found to be abnormally high in vitamins, proteins, and/or antioxidants. These are the real superfoods you should keep an eye out for.
Among the most widely known and consumed superfoods are blueberries. These little berries are jam packed with loads of phytoflavinoids and antioxidants. They also contain high levels of vitamin C and potassium. Generally found at the grocery store year around, blueberries have been medically proven to decrease risk of heart related diseases and cancer. They also act as an anti-inflammatory. In addition to their high nutritional value, blueberries taste great and are versatile for use in many recipes.
Another amazing superfood is Salmon. Delicious, abundant, and sustainable, Salmon contains more Omega 3 fatty acids than nearly any other food on earth. Omega 3s are documented to assist in lowering the chance of heart disease, especially in individuals with a deep family history of heart related illnesses. Many patients who were surveyed during medical trials also reported that salmon helped alleviate the pain associated with arthritis. Other studies are investigating the potential of Omega 3s for treatment of Alzheimer’s and memory loss in elderly individuals.
This is one of the most nutritious grains on the planet. Because it contains the amino acid lysine, quinoa is considered a complete protein. It also contains many other essential nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and more. Quinoa is gluten free and lactose free, but provides protein and calcium levels comparable to those found in milk. It is not as widely known as other superfoods, but can serve as a substitute for rice in almost every recipe.
What do these foods have in common? They are all natural. In fact, most superfoods are. If you stick to a diet of natural foods, you will find that many of them help reduce your chances of life-threatening diseases and otherwise significantly improve overall health. You can’t just eat them once in a while and expect to experience the benefits. You have to eat them every day. These are just a few on a long list of foods you can eat regularly to increase the quality of your diet. Talk to your doctor or nutritionist for more information about which superfoods will be most beneficial to you.
Guest Author Bio:
Beth Waters is the mother of two children and has a passion for health and fitness. Her hobbies are searching for new recipes, trying new fitness fads, and writing. She writes for medical companies such as Liberty Medical as well as her blog at Carrots Over Cake. She enjoys sharing with bloggers her journey to living more healthily.