You Should be Eating These 4 Superfoods
Posted: Aug 01 2015
If you want to improve your general health and simultaneously defy aging, incorporate these 4 Superfoods into your daily routine. Superfoods are foods that work as nutrient powerhouses, stocked full of different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and polyphenols. Understanding and then incorporating the health benefits of Superfoods into your daily life will bring you vitality, longevity, improve your appearance and reduce the possibility of disease.
This leafy green goodness is the quintessential Superfood due to its high contents of vitamins A, C, B, E and K, as well as an overabundance of antioxidants, which prohibit cancer by protecting your body’s cells. Moreover, kale contains high contents of potassium, iron, magnesium, folate, fiber, and calcium; with minimal carbohydrates, sodium and cholesterol, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The main benefits of kale are to protect the body against cancer, promote heart health, protect bones from osteoporosis and help to prevent against inflammatory diseases. To top it off, kale is an ultra beautifying food, particularly beneficial for the skin due to the ‘beauty’ vitamins A, C and E notoriously known to promote anti-aging and healthy cell growth. For a fun and tasty way to eat kale, make kale chips! Click this link for a great kale chip recipe! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/melissa-darabian/crispy-kale-chips-recipe/index.html
Cacao, a raw form of chocolate, is another notorious Superfood that is most commonly consumed in powder form. Research from the United States Department of Agriculture found that natural cacao contains the highest capacity of the antioxidant known as flavonoids. Such high antioxidant levels contained in cacao are beneficial for our health and longevity as they are effective in helping to prevent stroke, cancer, and heart disease. To top it off, the high antioxidant levels in cacao also help us in the beauty department, as the flavonoids provide extra protection for our skin from the damaging free radicals, literally slowing down the aging process. To get the benefits from cacao, add cacao powder to your morning smoothie, so in this case, it’s ok to have chocolate for breakfast! Yummy! Cacao can easily be found at any natural food store such as whole foods.
Acai, a berry native to South America, is a special Superfood with a surplus of benefits for health and beauty. Acai has major detoxification benefits as well as general health improving benefits. Acai contains high levels of antioxidants that protect your cells from damaging toxins and free radicals. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, acai has major effects on weight loss and obesity, anti-inflammatory effects, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis and supporting the immune system. For optimal benefits of acai, consume it in its natural ‘whole food’ form rather than as a supplement. Acai can be found in frozen form at most grocery stores and natural food stores. For a tasty and healthy smoothie, blend the frozen acai with apple juice and bananas or strawberries.
Yerba Mate is an herbal tea native to South America and notorious for its surplus of health benefits. According to the Journal of Food Science, Yerba Mate has proven to benefit the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system, to work as a stimulant, diuretic and for weight loss and obesity management. Its high antioxidant levels protect your DNA and skin from damaging free radicals and even go as far as preventing some cancers. Yerba Mate can be found at most grocery stores, either as a loose-leaf tea or in the form of tea bags.
Incorporating these top Superfoods into your daily routine will without a shadow of a doubt make you feel better, look better and work for you as a natural defense against aging and disease! So gear up and discover the natural benefits of Superfoods.