Superfood [a fairly new term] is one word that gets thrown around a lot among health enthusiasts. If you’re familiar with the term, “superman” [who isn’t?] then it’s not that hard to imagine superfood is some kind of food hero -- something you’d want to know more about, right?
What is a superfood?
Simply put, a superfood is a food that offers maximum nutritional benefits for minimal calories. Put another way, superfoods have more nutrients to offer your body when compared calorie to calorie with other food.
What’s more? Superfoods are packed full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants...and are mostly plant-based. Plus, they are high in flavonoids and antioxidants, which improves immunity, reduces inflammation, and helps prevent heart disease and cancer.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are natural molecules that occur in certain foods. Their main function is to help neutralize free radicals in our bodies [the byproducts of energy production] capable of wreaking havoc in our system.
Examples of superfoods?
Common superfoods include; berries, tea, leafy greens, salmon, dark chocolates, wine and grapes, etcetera.
So, now that things are in their proper perspective, let’s get straight to 5 top reasons to eat supercharged foods, shall we?
#1: Packed full of nutrients
Let’s face it: Our ‘modern’ soils are not as rich as they once were, say in the days of our grandparents [no thanks to the massive use of fertilizers in a bid to max out yields].
Well, despite the fact, our bodies still need foods that are rich in nutrients in order to function optimally. And that’s where superfoods come to the rescue, enriching the body with essential nutrients with every bite!
#2: Help keep chronic diseases away
Most superfoods out there are overflowing with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that work tirelessly in fighting against chronic diseases that would otherwise cause so much harm to our bodies.
#3: Improve focus and productivity
When you need to focus better on tasks and supercharge your day, leafy greens come in handy since they contain chlorophyll [the pigment which gives plant leaves their green color] and also helps optimize oxygen transport to the brain.
For best results, you could try combining leafy greens, berries, and nuts as superfood salad for lunch.
#4: You get way more for less
Superfoods are worth more than their weight in gold. Because they’re highly potent, you need only a small amount as part of your daily diet to reap a bumper harvest of nutrients.
If you stretch that a little, you’ll find superfoods are about the most pocket-friendly source of essential nutrients, readily available in the most easy-to-absorb form.
#5: Improves your appearance
Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids can do wonders on your skin. How? They regulate inflammatory responses and supply the nutrients super important for repairing damaged skin cells.
Inflammation [given free rein in your body] can lead to all kinds of skin disorders, including; acne, premature aging, and even skin cancer.
That’s it, guys!
Superfoods should be eaten in moderation [aka, don’t binge on it!] Also, they complement your regular diet...and do not replace them.
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