These foods are my Top 5 Superfoods For Health and Wellbeing because they are natural, contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients, and their nutritional value has been long recognized.
According to Stanford Medicine, phytochemicals are chemicals found in plants that protect plants against bacteria and viruses and they are evident in brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Food containing phytochemicals may decrease the risk of developing certain cancers as well as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
2. Berries are considered one of the best types of fruit because they're rich in fibre and vitamin C and they also contain phytochemicals. They deliver high levels of disease-fighting antioxidants in just a few calories so a a brilliant superfood.
Dr. Oz specifically recommends eating blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, acai berries and gogi berries because they are believed to destroy cancer cells in the liver.
3. For many years we were told that eggs were bad for us and if we must eat them we should only eat the whites. Thank goodness this crazy notion has been dismissed and eggs are now listed as a superfood by nutritionists, government bodies and scientists. The British Nutrition Foundations Nutrition Bulletin found that eggs have no clinically significant impact on heart disease or cholesterol levels and could actually protect against heart disease, breast cancer and even help us lose weight! Fox News reported that the American Heart Association stated that while one egg contains about 240 mg of cholesterol and 8 percent of your daily allowance for saturated fat we can eat up to four egg yolks per week because dietary cholesterol doesn't have as much influence on elevating blood cholesterol as previously thought.
A meta-analysis published in 2013 looked at 17 prospective studies on egg consumption and health. They discovered that eggs had no association with either heart disease or stroke in otherwise healthy people. Eggs are rich in antioxidants, Lutein to help us see better and are loaded with high-quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, good fats and various trace nutrients. They really are one of the healthiest foods on the planet!
4. Nuts and seeds contain healthy fats, antioxidants, and minerals which may reduce bad cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and fight inflammation. Although they are very high in calories they can help reduce the risk of obesity and other chronic illnesses so are a naturally amazing superfood.
Researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health tracked 119,000 men and women over 30 years, monitoring their lifestyle habits and health histories. They found that participants who ate nuts on a daily basis were 29 percent less likely to die from heart disease, 11 percent less likely to die from cancer, and 20 percent less likely to die from diabetes or lung diseases. (Women's Health)
Professor Joan Sabaté is Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Loma Linda University published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, concluding that eating walnuts provides protection against heart disease. He is is now presiding over a study called the Walnuts and Healthy Aging (WAHA) Study to determine links between walnut consumption and brain, eye, and cognitive functions.
I've already blogged about chia seeds here so I won't go on about the incredible heath benefits of chia again, however, it is worth mentioning that their effects include boosting energy, stabilizing blood sugar, aiding digestion, and lowering cholesterol. If you are looking to lose a few pounds they are amazing because they have an appetite-suppressing quality, helping you feel fuller for longer.
The superfood helps to stimulate the natural production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, greatly improving any digestive ailments. By improving digestion, it offers relief from acid reflux, and leads to healthy skin and metabolic function. It has been known to treat Strep Throat, Tonsillitis, and Laryngitis and it also promotes healthy skin, inflammatory levels and metabolic function. It can even be used for personal care uses like conditioning hair, whitening teeth and a household cleaner!
Treat yourself to some or all these delicious and healthy Superfoods today and you will reap the benefits for many years to come!