The term superfoods did not appear until the 1990s, but what are superfoods? Basically, superfoods are considered to be super because of their various properties in them. Most are packed full of different vitamins or nutrients and are low in calories. This is why the can be a great welcome to anyone looking to lose weight or wants to eat healthier.
We will take a look at the 10 top superfoods and discuss why they are considered to be super. These 10 are the most popular from a survey that I conducted along with additional online research.
10 Top Superfoods
Acai is a small berry, similar to a grape or blueberry. They are grown on palm-like trees in the Amazon. The berries are known as strong antioxidants. The properties are similar to cranberries and have 10 times the antioxidants found in red grapes.
They are low in sugar and are an excellent source of Vitamin A, fiber, and calcium. The Acai berries may be helpful with inflammation, arthritis, obesity, erectile dysfunction, certain allergies, neurological diseases, and possibly heart disease or cancer.source
Almonds are originally from Northern Africa, the Middle East, and India. They are high in calcium phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and a good source of vitamin E. They have a great taste and this may be why we see almond butter, almond milk, and many other uses.
Almonds have many benefits. Studies have shown they help with our cholesterol levels, are good for our bones, help with brain functions and development, promote heart health, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation. (source) They are also a good source of energy and can help with weight loss. (source)
Avocados aren’t just for guacamole. This little powerhouse is loaded with vitamins: K, C, B5, B6, and E. Other nutrients include potassium, folate, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, and phosphorus.
They are hearth healthy since they contain no cholesterol and are low in fat. Avocados can help lower bad cholesterol while increasing your good level. (source) They promote eye health, (source) may help with certain types of cancers and arthritis, and since they are low in calories and high in fiber, they can also help lose weight.
Blueberries are another little powerhouse. They are loaded with nutrients, taste great, and simply are good for you. They are loaded with Vitamins C, k, and manganese. Very low in calories and is a super-antioxidant.
Studies have shown how blueberries can help our cholesterol, lower our blood pressure, promote heart health (source), help regulate blood sugars, can be used to aid in recovery from exercise, and can even help stimulate brain functions. (source)
Chia seeds were once the food of the Aztecs and Mayans. They contain omega 3, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. No wonder it made the superfoods list. Chia is high in fiber and is considered a good carb.
Some benefits of Chia seeds are increased energy, help with type 2 diabetes, great for your bones, lowers your risk of heart disease, and helps in weight loss.
Flaxseeds are one of those foods that have been used for thousands of years. They contain omega 3s and are considered an antioxidant. They are a natural way to promote weight loss since they are high in fiber and will aid in digestion.
Studies have shown how flaxseeds can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer and helps to lower bad cholesterol
Kale is a leafy green vegetable that is full of nutrients. Low calorie, high fiber is used as an antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory, and contains vitamins A, C, and K. This can be used to help detox our bodies of harmful toxins.
Benefits of kale include helping with digestion, reducing constipation, lowering high blood sugars, helps to reduce harmful stomach bacteria, and promoting heart health.
Quinoa has been in the media a lot lately but can be traced to the Incans. It’s high in protein, contains essential amino acids, high in fiber, and is gluten-free. Packed full of vitamins B and E, iron calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Used as an anti-inflammatory, promotes digestion, helps regulates blood sugar levels (source), and increases metabolism. Quinoa helps to promote weight loss and is a great substitute for refined foods usually found in commercially processed bread, and pasta.
The average Atlantic salmon is 8 to 12 pounds with some species of salmon that have reached 135 pounds! That’s a huge fish! What’s even bigger, is all the nutrients that are packed into every wild salmon. They contain vitamins B12, B3, B6, and D. Salmon also is loaded with selenium, omega 3s, protein, phosphorus, iodine, choline, pantothenic acid, and biotin.
Studies have linked the properties that are contained in salmon to a variety of benefits. These include decreased risks of heart attack, stroke, high triglycerides in the blood, high blood pressure, inflammation (especially in the joints), and can help regulate blood sugars.
Popeye knew what he was doing with this one. Spinach is loaded with vitamins A, B2, C, and K. Other nutrients include folate, manganese, magnesium, and iron.
Studies have shown these can help our blood carry more oxygen, are good for bone health, and has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties.
Now we see why these are considered superfoods. With all the nutrients and benefits, what else could they be called?
These 10 were the most common. There are several others that could also be considered superfoods but did not make this list: apples, walnuts, wheatgrass, sweet potatoes, raspberries, pumpkins, cranberries, beets, olives, oysters, etc. There are some herbs, but you can read about these in my article “Top 10 herbs for weight loss – natural ways for weight loss”.
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