What Everyone Needs To Know About Superfoods
A Superfood is a nutritional powerhouse food that is loaded with nutrients crucial to a healthy, long life.
• Pomegranates are a new superfood:
They are high in vitamin C and potassium, a great source of fibre, and low in calories. Not only delicious, pomegranates are one of the healthiest foods you can eat! Pomegranate juice is high in three different types of polyphenols, a potent form of antioxidants. The three types – tannins, anthocyanin’s, and ellagic acid – are present in many fruits, but fresh pomegranate juice contains particularly high amounts of all three.
• Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids
– And are also high in potassium and vitamin C, making them a top choice of doctors and nutritionists to reduce certain medical risks and they are also anti-inflammatory. When selecting berries, note that the darker they are, the more antioxidants they have.
– In particular its benefits for people with type II diabetes have elevated it to the status of a Super Spice. The type we most commonly see in the supermarket is cassia cinnamon, it has the sweetly spiced flavour we’re familiar with. There’s also Ceylon, or “true,” cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylancium), which is sweeter with a more complex, citrusy flavour. Both types of cinnamon are available in sticks (or “quills”) or ground.
– Certainly nuts are high in calories, but they have extraordinary health benefits and are an important addition to your diet. Eating a handful of nuts about five times a week can reduce your chances of getting a heart attack by at least 15 percent and Walnuts are at the top of the list for a number of reasons. They are one of the few rich sources of plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids along with canola oil, ground flaxseed and flaxseed oil, soybeans and soybean oil, wheat germ, spinach, and purslane. They are rich in plant sterols—plant sterols can play a significant role in lowering serum cholesterol levels—a good source of fibre and protein, and they also provide magnesium, copper, folate, and vitamin E. Finally, they’re the nut with the highest overall antioxidant activity.
– But it must be dark chocolate and if you eat too much of it you can gain weight. Depending on your weight and activity level, chocolate should be a small treat, a little healthy indulgence. Dark chocolate seems to contribute to lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow, and ultimately contributing to a healthy heart.