Healthy living is an important concern for many of us these days – leading a healthy life not only makes us happier but allows us to live for longer. One of the best ways to achieve this is through including mega-beneficial superfoods in your everyday diet. These superfoods are loaded with all the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body functioning at full capacity. If there’s some on this list you don’t eat already, give them a try and see the difference it can make!
Here’s the ten most healthy and marvellous superfoods to incorporate into your diet:
10 – Avocado
Although high in fat, the reason Avocados are good for you is that it’s healthy monounsaturated fat. This fat has been linked to positive effects such as a reduced risk of cancer or diabetes. In addition, they’re bursting with fibre and a mineral called lutein which is good for eye and skin health. Avocados are a wonderful product and definitely worth making part of your diet if you don’t eat them already.
09 – Garlic
Garlic has been used for centuries by various cultures for its medicinal properties. The main thing it does is help the body produce more germ fighting white-blood cells and boost your immune system. This obviously makes you more resilient and less likely to become ill or pick up any viruses going around. Garlic is also anti-fungal and anti-bacterial which makes it even better for all-round health and disease prevention. Many recommend taking 1-2 fresh, crushed up cloves a day in water when you get up in the morning for the best effects.
08 – Spirulina
Not known to many, Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows in warm, exotic places such as Hawaii. Usually taken in powder or tablet form, it is another food that will boost your health greatly. Boasting many benefits, it can help eliminate the candida fungus from the body to stop diseases such as thrush. It is also thought to be able to help reduce the risk of getting cancer, detoxify heavy metals within our body and help lower blood pressure. While it may not look or taste the best, it is certainly worthy of being called a super food.
07 – Onions
The humble onion may not be the first name you think of when superfoods are mentioned but it deserves its place. Full of an antioxidant called quercin that helps protect and repair damaged cells, it is really good for you. As well as this, onions are also good for lowering high blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and helping prevent blood clots. If you don’t already then it’s worth using them the next time you make a pasta sauce or stir-fry to get these fantastic benefits.
06 – Broccoli
Full of magnesium and Vitamin C, Broccoli is one of the best foods you can eat regularly to keep you fit and healthy. Vitamin C has long been known as one of the most powerful nutrients you can take in for a strong immune system. As it’s not produced naturally in the body, we need to take Vitamin C in through our diet. The interferon contained in this vitamin stops bugs and viruses from penetrating our cells thus keeping us robust.
05 – Kale
Jam-packed with essential vitamins and minerals, Kale is similar in appearance to spinach. This dark green, leafy vegetable contains Vitamin A and C which is superb for anti-aging properties along with maintaining a strong immune system. Indeed, one serving of kale can provide up to half your recommended daily amount of Vitamin C! Best used in stir-fries or soups, it is something we should all eat more of.
04 – Spinach
Looking similar to kale, this is another dark leafy vegetable that is great for your health. Its included in this list also though as the vitamins contained are different to kale. Bursting with goodness, spinach will give you vitamins K, C and E along with iron, folate and anti-oxidants. The combined effect of these gives a food that is fabulous for keeping you fit and helps make you look younger and more vibrant.
03 – Sardines
Advice from dietary experts always includes oily fish and with good reason. The omega 3 and essential oils these have in them are so good for you. Sardines are a great example of this and you won’t regret making these tasty fish a part of your diet. These little fellas are one of the main reasons people in the Mediterranean live so well and for so long.
02 – Eggs
Although in the past opinion on eggs has been somewhat divided, modern research shows they are definitely worth including in your diet. A little package of healthy joy, they contain lots of protein for building muscle and keeping you strong. Along with this they are full of vitamin B12 which is amazing for giving you energy and reducing fatigue. This explains why many people like them in the morning to give them so extra get up and go!
01 – Pomegranates
At the top of our list is the Pomegranate. Research has shown they contain up to three time the anti-oxidants of green tea which makes them great at protecting our bodies from the inside. The juice has many benefits too, the most striking one being that it could help prevent cancer and the aging process. The juice of the Pomegranate has also been shown to help prevent your arteries getting clogged up which in turn reduces the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Bonus 1 – Blueberries
For such a small berry, these guys certainly pack a punch! Thought to provide the best anti-cancer properties of any fruit, these are tasty and great for you. Full of anti-oxidants and anthocyanins, blueberries can help improve vision, improve brain function and slow down the aging process. In addition, they also reduce inflammation which is important in preventing diseases such as Parkinson’s.
Bonus 2 – Flax Seed
If ever the phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ applies to food, then this is surely it. The size of the flaxseed makes it hard to understand just how amazing they are for you. Loaded with essential fatty acids, they are also a great source of fibre and have zinc in them. Used throughout history for their anti-inflammatory and health giving properties, a few sprinkled on a salad everyday will make you much healthier. Indeed, even Gandhi was a fan proclaiming “Wherever flaxseed becomes a regular food item among the people, there will be better health.”
The food that we put into our bodies is such an important part of being healthy so it is worth having the best diet you can. As well as the usual advice of eating lot of fruit, lots of vegetables and drinking plenty of water, incorporating these superfoods can help keep you strong and fit for many years.