Consume Superfoods to Improve Health

Today’s hectic way of life increases stress and prevents many people from eating properly, resulting to practices that are detrimental to their well-being. However, if people devoted some of their time to proper nutrition, they would benefit their health immensely and would save a lot of money spent in nutrition supplements and doctor bills.

This is because the way to healthy living may only take a short walk to the local grocery store. The market now offers access to an array of beneficial foods, or otherwise called superfoods, to use the marketing term, that are proven to offer a significant number of health benefits.

Vegetables and Fruits

Vegetables and fruits are the most populated superfoods category and rightly so, as they offer an impressive amount of health benefits. But some are more valuable than others.

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Sprouts and baby greens

Baby greens (like watercress) are among the most nutritious vegetables with the added comfort of being grown easily in gardens or homes. The amount of nutrients and enzymes present in them is higher than mature plants, since they are in the early stages of growth. They protect against carcinogens and contain vast amounts of vitamins C, E and K. It only necessary to plant them, water as necessary and harvest them in a few weeks.

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Broccoli

Broccoli is a well-known nutritious vegetable, particularly in its sprout phase. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer capabilities. It will also boost the immune system and purge toxins from your system. You can eat broccoli with other vegetables for increased nutritional benefits.

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Onions

Onions have similar cancer fighting and anti-inflammatory capabilities. They can also be helpful to diabetics and in preventing weight-gain. It is important to avoid over peeling onions, as most antioxidants reside in their outer layers.

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Spinach

Another popular vegetable, Spinach has well-known anti-cancer capabilities and is a rich source of K1 vitamin, magnesium, folate and potassium among other nutrients. It will also help boost short-term memory and lower heart disease risk. Still, spinach is to be avoided if a person suffers from kidney stones.

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Kale

Kale is a rich source of amino acids, A, C and K vitamins. It is also proven that it can slow cancer cell growth and repair the DNA cell structure. It is abundant in in carotenoids that are responsible for eyesight.

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Fermented Vegetables (e.g. Cabbage)

Cabbage is readily available everywhere and can be fermented, thereby increasing the amount of beneficial microorganisms, which aid by boosting the immune system, in weight loss and in the prevention of diabetes and various mood disorders.

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Fruits

Avocados, Kiwis and Berries are amongst the most nutritionally valuable fruits. All of them boast anti-inflammatory capabilities, are rich in antioxidants and vitamins and help fight cancer cells.

In particular, Avocados possess beneficial fats and are rich in potassium. They also aid the body in the absorption of nutrients.

Berries (strawberries, blueberries, etc.), apart from having a high vitamin content, are an exceptional source of minerals and bioactive compounds. The latter help reduce heart disease, cancer, diabetes and inflammation risks.

Kiwis have a high concentration of vitamin C, and can help lower blood pressure.

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Animals and animal products

While animals are often shunned by Superfood consumers, they have a number of benefits that make them irreplaceable food choices. Animal products (such as milk and eggs) are equally important.

Beef

Beef comes from a variety of sources, but consumers should opt for meat coming from organic grass-fed animals. It has a higher nutritional value, less antibiotics and bacteria. Beef has a substantial amount of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other valuable compounds. According to expert Dr Mercola, opting for grass-fed beef liver is ever better, as it has more benefits than any other food (e.g. vitamins B, D and iron).

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Grassfed cow butter

Butter that comes from grass-fed animals, is a significant source of energy, A, D, E and K2 vitamins, and various important minerals and antioxidants. If butter is purchased raw, it contains additional hormones that enhance calcium absorbance. Butter, even common butter, should be preferred over margarines and other substitutes.

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Organic Yoghurt

Organic milk yoghurt is a rich source of protein, calcium, vitamins and benevolent bacteria. It will balance the gastrointestinal tract and strengthen the bones.

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Wild-caught Salmon

Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fats which are excellent in preventing heart diseases. It’s preferable to avoid fish farm salmon, since it ranks among the most toxic foods.

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Mushrooms

Mushrooms have many benefits; they boost the immune system and have a wealth of nutrients (proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants). It is preferable to purchase them organic, since standard varieties may be contaminated.

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There are superfood options to satisfy all appetites and budgets, so people should make an effort to improve their eating habits, in order to improve their overall health.

Gentle reminder: The information on this article is not meant to replace a qualified healthcare professional and should not be considered as professional advise. Please seek appropriate medical help when necessary.

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