If you can get more nutrients in a single food item, why would you not include that on your grocery list? Superfoods are the so-called nutritional powerhouses. Get more essential vitamins, minerals and macronutrients with every bite or serving! These are great for weight loss, improving digestive and circulatory health and preventing illnesses. Taking these is like having your daily dose of concentrated nutrients from vitamin supplements.
· Rich in anti-oxidants – Superfoods like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, purple grapes and black grapes are rich in phytochemicals that fight free radicals and control your blood sugar level. The darker the colors on fruits, the better and the higher content of anti-oxidants. Phytochemicals like anthocynanin in these superfoods help boost your immune system. Ketones in raspberries and acai berries help control overall body fat and boosts metabolism. Apart from that, they’re great sources of fiber compared to the carbohydrate content.
· Protein and essential Omega-3 fatty acids – Not all superfoods are fruits and vegetables. Wild salmon and mackerel, for example, are loaded with protein that helps repair and rebuild body tissues and muscles. They are also great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids to fight heart diseases, and keep joints and bones healthy.
· Low-calorie but packed with Vitamin A, C, K – Jump onto the Spinach and Kale wagon for the ultimate powerhouse superfood benefits. Many people who go for raw food diets fill up their daily nutritional needs with these greens. They contain Vitamin C, A, potassium, magnesium, folate, flavonoids and even protein, all that are great anti-inflammatory components for muscles and bones. This helps regulate blood pressure and sugar levels, and are also good for skin care.
· Tea powerhouses – Tea is considered a superfood or rather, super beverage/drink. Green and black tea has about half the caffeine content than coffee, but is packed with polyphenol antioxidants that help block reactions from free radicals that can cause DNA and cell damage. If you’re looking for caffeine-free drinks, roobois (pronounced ROY-boss) tea is a great alternative.