8 superfoods you need to include in your diet
Superfoods are essentially foods that have extra-large doses of vitamins and minerals that can help us ward off diseases and live a longer, healthier life. Some of the nutrients that certain superfoods contain include a) antioxidants that are believed to prevent cancer, b) healthy fats that prevent heart diseases, c) fibre that prevents diabetes and digestive problems and d) phytochemicals, the chemicals in plants that are responsible for deep colours and smells, which can have numerous health benefits.
Now you may wonder how effective these superfoods are when it comes to weight loss. Well, when consumed as part of a balanced diet, superfoods can definitely help you lose weight. This, however, does not mean you can eat junk all day and then top it off with superfoods. That would beat the purpose altogether.
Superfoods are also great for kids and give them a much-needed injection of goodness.
They can eat pretty much all the superfoods that you can; it’s likely to benefit them more due to their bodies being at developmental stages.
Here are the top eight superfoods that will help elevate your health to another level altogether.
TURMERIC: It is known to help with heart diseases, cancer, osteoarthritis, infections and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis.
BAOBAB FRUIT: They contain more than six times the Vitamin C of oranges and twice the calcium of milk. It’s high in potassium and phosphorous. But because it is so rich in soluble fibre, this isn’t one of those superfoods you want to eat too much of since that can have laxative effects.
MACADAMIA NUTS: Macadamia nuts have a sweet taste and are a terrific source of energy. They also contain large amounts of Vitamin A and iron, as well as zinc and calcium.
GOJI BERRIES: Also known as a ‘wolfberry’, goji berries have been steadily growing in popularity in recent years. They contain a multitude of vitamins and minerals, such as iron and vitamins A, C and B2.
COCONUT SUGAR: Coconut sugar offers more vitamins and minerals than white sugar, as well as added iron and zinc.
KAKADU PLUM: Also known as gubinge, these tangy fruits are a rich natural source of Vitamin C and are said to contain 100 times more antioxidants than oranges.
MACA POWDER: Maca powder is a great natural resource of vitamins, boasting large amounts vitamins B, C, and E as well as calcium, zinc and iron.
AVOCADO OIL: This is packed with nutrients such as vitamin E that does wonders for your skin. Avocado oil is sure to keep avocados at the top of people’s shopping lists in 2017.
With these superfoods by your side, you’ll be in pink of health