12 super foods that you can add to your diet
Super foods power our brains, fuel our bodies, lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease, diabetes and respiratory infections. Read on to know more about these super foods which you can add to your family’s every day diet.
- Tomatoes are valuable because they contain lycopene, which helps fight free radicals. Free radicals can damage the skin and vital organs. Lycopene also helps stimulate the immune system.
- Broccoli could be considered the number one super food; many experts agree that if you can eat just one vegetable, these green guys are your best bet. Broccoli contains large amounts of vitamin C, calcium, and fibre, and can help prevent bone loss, fight disease, reduce your risk of heart disease, and even boost your immune system.
- Garlic is a wonderful supplement that acts as a powerful anti-viral which can reduce your chances for catching colds and common infections. Garlic also has many natural anti-oxidant properties. Fresh garlic contains the most nutrients, although it’s also available in capsule form. Spice up your favourite dish with some dried garlic for an extra boost.
- Fish – Fatty cuts of fish, contain healthy fats that help lower cholesterol and prevent heart attacks. These foods may also reduce depression. Salmon, trout, and mackerel are among the top choices. These fish contain valuable omega-3 fatty acids.
- Oats, is high in soluble and insoluble fibre, which helps protect the body from colon cancer. This high-fibre cereal keeps you fuller longer, aiding in your weight loss efforts. Oats also help build strong bones.
- Green tea helps stimulate your metabolism (a bonus for anyone trying to lose weight) but also helps prevent the oxidation of cells in the body. Green tea is also considered to be an immune system booster. It’s rich in antioxidants and certain vitamins, including A, C and E. Replace your after-dinner coffee with this brew, and your body will thank you.
- Yogurt contains “friendly” bacteria, which help maintain the intestines and keep the bowels regulated. It can also suppress yeast overgrowth in both men and women. High in calcium, yogurt is also believed to act as a natural appetite suppressant. Soy yogurts contain these same live cultures, so don’t let a dairy-free diet stop you from getting these essential nutrients.
- Nuts scare most people away because of their high fat content, but they’re actually very good for you. They contain healthy fats, part of a well-balanced diet. Some nuts, particularly brazil nuts, contain selenium, which helps prevent certain types of cancer.
- Beans (kidney beans, black beans, navy beans, and more) are rich in folate, an important nutrient — particularly for women. Eating an adequate amount of folate helps prevent birth defects in new-borns. Beans are also a cholesterol-free protein source, and high in fiber.
- Spinach – This super food is rich in vitamins A and C, folic acid and magnesium. All of these work together to help reduce risk of cancer and heart disease.
- Mushrooms – Mushrooms contain a substance that stimulates the immune system. Mushrooms are often used in natural therapy to help fight off illness. Some mushrooms (shitake, enoki and reishi varieties) also have anti-cancer effects.
- Bananas are a great super food for athletes. They are rich in two essential nutrients (potassium and magnesium) that aid in proper hydration, and they help reduce the likelihood of muscle cramps. They are also a good source of soluble fibre.
Please consult your doctor before adding any of the super foods to your diet. A majority of these foods work best when they’re combined with a well-balanced diet.
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