We’ve all heard of superfoods and that they are incredibly healthy, but what actually makes a food a ‘superfood’?
Well, superfoods are high nutritional foods that contain a dense concentration of essential vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, good fats, and healthy enzymes that are beneficial to our health.
They basically pack a big nutritional punch and can give our diet a healthy boost, while reducing our risk of developing various health problems.
The antioxidants found in superfoods help defend against free radicals (which can damage our cells and cause illness and aging), and they naturally stimulate and normalize the function of many vital organs.
There are lots of different superfoods to choose from, for example:
Wheatgrass – loaded with nutrients including vitamins A, C, E, K, and B’s, as well as iron, magnesium and calcium, and amino acids and flavonoids.
Turmeric – a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
Acai berries – contain antioxidants, fiber, omega-3 fats, calcium, zinc, and vitamin C.
Spirulina – contains powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, protein, and all the essential amino acids, vitamins A, K, and B’s, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
Maca – contains antioxidants, protein, fiber, iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
Ashwagandha – contains a mixture of amino acids, herbs and vitamins which can help with stress and depression, increases energy levels, helps with concentration and memory.
Barley grass – contains antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K, fiber, calcium, and magnesium.
Moringa – has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Contains vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B6, protein, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc.
Dark leafy greens and vegetables such as kale and spinach, Brussels sprouts and broccoli – an excellent source of folate, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, C, and K, and fiber.
Berries – loaded with antioxidants, rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C, phytonutrients and soluble fiber.
Pomegranates – contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties, rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, vitamins C and K, fiber, folate and potassium.
Goji Berries – full of antioxidants, including carotenoids, rich in iron, zinc, selenium, riboflavin, fiber, protein, and vitamins A and C.
Nuts & seeds – rich in fiber, protein, heart-healthy fats, with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Chia seeds – excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, packed with antioxidants, rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium, protein and iron, and high in soluble fiber which also makes them great for constipation.