Top 10 Superfoods

Although there is no actual definition of the term “superfood” it can be described as a food that is packed full of nutrients and antioxidants.

Almonds

Almonds possess the highest amount of concentration of nutrients per calorie per ounce than any other nut. Making them the most nutritionally dense nut that we know of. Even though raw nuts are the purest form it’s been suggested that dry roasted nuts are actually more easily digestible and therefore may release more nutrients.

Health benefits of almonds;

  • Cholesterol reduction
  • High in proactive phytosterol antioxidants
  • Low in saturated and unsaturated fatty acids
  • High in protein and fibre

Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli rabe is a good source of zinc, copper, protein, vitamin A, C and K.

Health benefits of broccoli;

  • Slows aging
  • Stronger bones
  • Decreased risk of hypertension
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Cancer protection
  • Protects against Alzheimer’s
  • Stroke prevention
  • Protects against birth defects

 

Avocados

This trend may still be in full swing but avocados are actually incredibly good for you. They are one of the most nutrient-dense food, being packed with folate, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium.

Health benefits of avocados;

  • Contain more potassium than bananas
  • Loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids
  • Full of fibre
  • Can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Protects eyes
  • Loaded with powerful antioxidants

Wheatgrass

Some experts are claiming that wheatgrass contains over 100 different elements that humans need. Wheatgrass contains chlorophyll, iron, magnesium and calcium, amino acids, and vitamins A, C and E – to name a few.

Health benefits of wheatgrass;

  • Treat skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis
  • Detox your cells
  • Improve immune system
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Improve digestion

Salmon

Oily fish is extremely good for your health, and salmon is amongst some of the best fish you can eat nutrition wise.

Health benefits of salmon;

  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Great source of protein
  • High in B vitamins
  • May reduce risk of heart disease
  • Help fight inflammation

Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds (the original superfood) have the most omega-fatty acids than any other plant-based organism.

Health benefits of flaxseeds;

  • High fibre, low calories
  • Healthy skin and hair
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Aids digestive health
  • Help prevent some kinds of cancer

Blueberries

There have been a lot of studies over the years to try and determine if blueberries are a superfood or not. A lot of studies have proved inconclusive but there is no denying that blueberries are good for you, and packed with antioxidants for their tiny size.

Health benefits of blueberries;

  • Helps combat ageing
  • Boosts brain
  • Could help fight cancer
  • Supports digestive system
  • Benefits skin

Cinnamon

The nutritional benefits of cinnamon include being high in magnesium, and also containing calcium, iron, vitamin K and fibre – whilst not containing any fat or sugar.

Health benefits of cinnamon;

  • High source of antioxidants
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties
  • Improves heart health
  • Fights diabetes
  • May help lower cancer risk

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, B6 and C. As well as being a good source of magnesium, magnesium, potassium, fibre, vitamin B1 and vitamin B2.

Health benefits of sweet potatoes;

  • Boost immune system
  • Good source of magnesium – an anti-stress mineral
  • Help ward off cancer
  • Protects against ageing

 

 

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