If you are trying to start eating healthier then look no further, we compiled a list of five superfoods you need to add to your diet now. These foods are nutrient rich and offer so many amazing health benefits.
These little berries are full of antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, they are also packed with potassium and vitamin C. Blueberries are low in calories and offer many benefits for the heart and brain and can even help regulate blood sugar levels.
Salmon is very nutritious, it’s easy to cook, and it is full of beneficial fats such as omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids have been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease by reducing inflammation. Salmon can also provide you with your daily requirement of vitamin D, and it also has vitamin B12, niacin and selenium it is also an excellent source of B6 and Magnesium.
Spinach is a low calorie food with some major health benefits. Spinach contains 25% of your daily iron intake which is essential for red blood cell production. There are huge amounts of antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin A and vitamin C along with lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, these compounds work together to play a healing role in aging and various other disease processes. Zeaxanthin is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes, it is thought to provide protective UV light filtering functions. Spinach also contains 47% daily recommended levels of vitamin C and also contains minerals such as potassium, manganese, magnesium, copper and zinc.
Beans are packed with fibre! Fibre helps your body feel full so you don’t need to eat as much throughout the day. They contain both soluble and insoluble fibre which keep your digestive system. All this added fibre means that beans get digested slower, which also put them very low on the glycemic index, this means that blood sugar levels steady. The soluble fibre in beans also binds to the bad cholesterol in the GI tract which prevents it from getting into the blood so it lowers your chances of cardiovascular disease. Beans are also high in iron and B vitamins.
Oats are nutritious, they are a great source of carbohydrates and fibre. Oats also contain more protein and fats than most other grains. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5. Whole oats are high in anti-oxidants called avenanthramides which may help lower blood pressure levels by increasing the production of nitric oxide, this gas molecule helps dilate bloods vessels which allows for better blood flow. Oats also contain a soluble fibre known as Beta-glucan which can help lower LDL and total cholesterol levels, reduce blood sugar and insulin response and encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria within the digestive tract.
Have you incorporated any of the following into your diet lately?