The Best Superfoods

Lately, the term “superfood” gets thrown away but many may not know what it means or which are the best to eat. Here is a complete A to Z list of awesome superfoods for your body

Avocado – they are a source of monounsaturated fat (the best fat to eat) which can help reduce heart disease, reduce cholesterol, and assist with brain function. They also contain Vitamin E and Vitamin B which respectively helps as an added antioxidant and helps maintain healthy skin. However, avocados pack a lot of calories so its best not to eat more than one a day

Beets – the color of beets come from Betalain – which helps prevent cancer and other degenerative diseases; also offers Vitamin A B C which assists the immune system and also contains potassium and fiber to keep the digestive tract regular

Chia – contains a high amount of potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium and is rumored to absorb 10x their weight in water which can help keep the body hydrated

Dates – packed with fiber for digestive and heart health; they also contain a high amount of potassium and magnesium and are good substitutes for sugar and butter when baking

Eggs – best serving of protein in a small package (about 6 grams per egg); contains omega 3 fatty acids which help with cardiac health and support overall function of the body; they also contain lutein which is good for the eyes

Flax – contains omega 3s to assist with high cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease; also packed with fiber for digestive health

Grapes – contains vitamin C and K; they act as antioxidants for the body

Hemp – contain protein and essential fatty acids which can help fight heart disease and cancer

Inca Berries – high in protein and fiber and also contain vitamins C and A

Jalapeno Peppers – contains Capsaicin which is known to help suppress the appetite and speed up metabolism

Kiwi – contains a high amount of vitamin C and folate to promote health of the body’s cells

Lemon – contains vitamin C and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and fight off certain cancers

Milk – nope, not the white kind that contains vitamin D; it is actually chocolate milk that provides a good ratio of carbohydrates to protein that helps as a good post-work out snack for those who frequently visit the gym

Nuts – full of unsaturated fat and protein; can help lower blood pressure and body fat combined with the correct diet. Just be careful; they are high in calories

Oatmeal – well as you know, it’s packed with whole grains and fiber which assist in digestive health, aids in metabolism and can help lower cholesterol

Pumpkin – rich in antioxidants and beta-carotene (eye health) and vitamin K (help with cancer); also don’t forget about the pumpkin seeds which has been shown to prevent enlargement of the prostrate gland and reduce the risk of bladder stones

Quinoa – provides 9 essential amino acids that the body cannot produce itself (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1546052)

Radish – can help stop the growth of some cancers

Salmon – contain a high amount of omega-3s which can help reduce cardiovascular disease

Tea – rumored to help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancers; green tea is rumored to help with skin cancer and black tea is rumored to help with sunburns

Ugli Fruti – contains about 140 percent of daily recommended dose of vitamin C

Vegetables – you can never go wrong with veggies, whether green or red they will be back with a tons of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber

Watermelon – low in sugar, high in water, and packed with vitamin a and c

Xigua – what we all know as the everyday watermelon, hey give me a break..researching a superfood with the name beginning with an X is almost impossible..

Yams – contained a low glycemic index which provides sustained energy; also a great source of fiber, potassium and B6

Zucchini – high in vitamin C, B6 and potassium; also has a high water content to stay hydrated

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