First of all, you need to understand that there is no such thing as a superfood, but it is just a marketing strategy. However, some foods have higher nutrient, vitamin (A, D, C, etc.) and mineral (calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, etc.) content than others, and therefore are very beneficial for your health and well-being.
It is pretty easy and simple. Every food that grows naturally is naturally filled with nutrients that are essential for our body functions and health. Each of these body functions needs different nutrients, vitamins and minerals to function optimally. The foods that naturally contain the most and highest content of such nutrients are – logically – the healthiest foods that you want to incorporate in your diet.
Now it has also been advertised that those so-called superfoods have the ability to prevent and cure some diseases, even cancer. The truth is, you should not be relying on these foods alone to cure any illness, BUT, as they support various bodily functions, they help keep you healthy, support functions and prevent illnesses.
Superfoods usually contain plenty of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, which are chemicals that protect against the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are other chemicals produced in every cell of the body and that cause damage. Undamaged cells = healthy cells = healthy body functions less prone to illnesses.
So what are they and where can you find them? Well, first of all, some can be found anywhere in your local supermarket and local producers.
- Blueberries – because they are absolutely packed with those precious anti-oxidants and vitamin C. They also have anti-inflammatory properties to fight infections and inflammations within the body and can help lower the risk of heart disease. Frozen are just as good as fresh, and the darker they are, the richer in anti-oxidants.
- Avocado – another powerful anti-oxidant and rich in healthy fats, fiber and minerals such as potassium and magnesium.
- Garlic – past the strong taste, it is actually a very powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps protect against heart disease, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Beans – they are low in fats, high in protein, anti-oxidants and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, etc.
- Broccoli – contains plenty of vitamins and minerals, protects body cells from damage and improve reproductive health.
- Tomatoes – another powerful antioxidant, packed with vitamins A, C and E, potassium and other minerals and salts.
- Quinoa – gluten free and high in protein, amino-acids, B vitamins, copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, etc. It contains twice as much fiber than other grains and all 8 amino-acids that we need for tissue development.
- Oily fish – it is recommended to have at least one portion of oily fish a week as it is rich in omega 3s , protein, zinc, vitamins A and D to fight against build up of cholesterol in arteries.