plural noun: superfoods
a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.“he touts broccoli sprouts and salmon as two of the most perfect superfoods”
You may hear the term superfood touted in grocery stores, health stores, gyms and elsewhere throughout your day. You may think to yourself, “what are these superfoods and why are they important?” As defined above, superfoods give us a boost, packed with loads of nutritional benefits. Their effects and functions vary far and wide so it wise to choose a variety of these foods in order to gain as many different vitamins, nutrients and minerals as you can.Now, there are several superfoods, mainly plant-based with some fish, and lists are so extensive on the internet that any “top list” is purely subjective. The diagram below displays ten I feel are powerful. Check it out and continue reading for noted highlights of each one.Chia Seeds – Omega 3 booster – These tiny seeds are the highest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids, and are high in fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, iron, and antioxidants.Coconut Oil – Healthy fat source – Coconut oil is antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti fungal and antibacterial, and helps balance cholesterol levels, reduce stress, maintain proper digestion and assist in weight loss. It may also be used topically for many skin treatments.Flax Seeds – Essential fat source – These seeds contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids plus alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which improve joint mobility and heart health and help balance glucose levels.Goji Berries – “Red Diamonds” of Vitamin C – These tiny red berries contain extremely high levels of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and a wide variety of amino acids and trace minerals.Spirulina – Best food for the future – This blue-green algae is considered one of the most nutritious food sources known to man. It is a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids, and has been reported to help correct anemia, reduce radioactive damage, and significantly lower cholesterol.Cacao Nibs – Food of the Gods – The purest raw form of chocolate, cacao is one of the highest natural sources of magnesium and antioxidants, and enhances both mood and brain function.Avocado – Creamy, healthy treat – Avocados are high in vitamin E, folic acid, potassium, and dietary fiber, and are known to help prevent prostate and breast cancers and cholesterol-related heart diseases.Hemp Protein – Protein powerhouse – Hemp protein is a plant-based, high fiber, organic protein with exceptionally high quality in terms of its complete amino acid structure. It’s readily digestible, and each serving contains a whopping 14g of protein and 14g of fiber.Camu Camu – Amazonian immune booster – A small, berry-like fruit, with the highest Vitamin C content of any plant of the world, helping it to boost both immunity and energy.Acai – Brazilian wonder berry – High in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, Acai boosts energy and supports the immune system with a delicious berry-chocolate flavor.(*Nutritional information listed above obtained from JuiceLand Austin.)The list doesn’t end here! Mother nature provides us with abundance! Choose your foods with purpose and with passion realizing the food you choose is information to your body. It communicates health or disease. It communicates that true abundance or scarcity. It communicates strength or weakness. Your body remakes itself every seven years therefore, the more in line with these healthy foods you get, the better your continual evolution!