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List of superfoods to include in your diet

Published:14 Feb, 2017     By: Salan Khalkho     3 min read

Including superfoods in your diet is a great way to ensure your body is loaded with all the necessary antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. When you include superfoods in your diet, you will also observe improvements in your health, rise in your energy levels and a better mental state.


superfoods to include in your diet

Summer is already here and has begun to take a toll on us. As the months progress, the heat will begin to dehydrate us and our body will lose important nutrients. Including superfoods in your diet is a great way to ensure your body is loaded with all the necessary antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. When you include superfoods in your diet, you will also observe improvements in your health, rise in your energy levels and a better mental state.

Superfoods and what they mean

The term 'superfood' has become a popular buzzword in the arena of food and health. It is a new age term that is coined to describe particular type of foods that provide extremely high amount of nutrients that other foods can't match. By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. Here is a list of few carefully selected superfoods to include in your diet.

tomatoes are an anti aging superfood

Tomatoes

Tomatoes make terrific sandwiches and sensational salsas. They are at their best as sauces when paired perfectly with pastas. Tomatoes contain all four major carotenoids, i.e. alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene. Did you know that lycopene is helpful in protecting you against harmful summer UV rays?

Nuts contan plenty of vitamins and minerals

Nuts

If you are looking at some easy ways to add plenty of vitamins and minerals to your diet, go for nuts. Eating nuts can add two and a half years to your lives. They come packed with omega-3 fatty acids, mono unsaturated-fat and polyunsaturated-fat. These fats are pivotal in reducing your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels while maintaining healthy levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.

Blueberries improve cardiovascular health

Blueberries

I bet you won't easily find many fruits that are healthier than blueberries. This North American fruit contains more antioxidant than any other fruit. Blueberries can help you prevent cancer, diabetes and age related memory issues such as dementia. Blueberries are also excellent in improving cardiovascular health and are bursting with fiber and vitamins A and C.

Avocados improve cholesterol levels

Avocados

This tasty fruit packs 690 mg of potassium, making it an ideal choice as after-work out snack to help you fight muscle cramps. Avocados are richly packed with healthy fats that help decrease inflammation and improve cholesterol levels.

    Beans are plant based proteins

    Beans

    Beans are an amazing plant based proteins. They are rich source of fiber, iron, magnesium, certain B vitamins, phytochemicals and potassium. They have no fat, sodium, or cholesterol and are a great source of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber works by soaking up cholesterol and helping your body eliminate it before it gets a chance to stick to your artery walls. Beans are also helpful in protecting you against colon cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

    Spinach promotes healthy eyesight

    Spinach

    This vivacious vegetable is extraordinarily healthy. It contains lutein which is a type of nutrient that promotes healthy eyesight. Only a cup of spinach is enough to provide you almost 200% of your daily value of vitamin K recommendation. Moreover spinach has twice the amount of iron compared to other leafy greens.



    Important Note: Medical and health related information given in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. This article is intended for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment.



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