Superfoods you just have to know
Most probably, you have already heard of superfoods: goji berries, chia seeds, quinoa, spirulina, etc. Not only their names are hardly pronounceable, but also it is rather hard to say how and why they have earned the super- prefix.
Superfoods are the heroes of the all food. Being packed with great amasses of nutrients, antioxidants, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes; they boost your performance, help fight disease, feel more energetic and even aid losing weight.
Below, you will find our guide to top five superfoods that you should incorporate in your diet plan ASAP.
I bet you would like to have algae in your face cream or any beauty product, right? Why, then, wouldn’t you nourish the body from within with it?
Spirulina comes in both powder and tablets form. It is an organism, often referred to as blue-green algae, that lives underwater. It is said that spirulina may be the most nutritious food on the planet. Among many of its outstanding properties, it lowers blood pressure, prevents cancers, detoxifies body, speed up weight loss and put a stop to anemia. For those seeking results in the gym performance, spirulina also strengthens muscles and improves endurance.
All the sushi lovers should not be surprised – here is just another prove that algae are the best!
- Goji berries
These ones have been waiting for a heyday around the world for a while. In China known as the “wolffruit,” goji berries have been used in traditional medicine for over 2,000 years. And now celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Madonna can’t stop talk about them!
Why? These teeny-tiny chewy fruits offer great benefits to the body as well as to the mind. According to some legends, goji berries were the primal source of good health, vitality, longevity and stamina for the Himalayan monks. Anyhow, today, they are known for being a good source of fiber, rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Thus, they help you fighting heart diseases, manage your weight and better digestion, and keep your skin healthy and glowy. According to research, goji berries improve athletic performance, ability to focus, calmness and – in the meantime – reduce stress and anxiety.
Properly spelled as a “keen-wah,” it is the super grain among all the superfoods. Alike the “wolffruit,” it has a long history – yet, from the Southern Hemisphere. It was called “the gold of the Incas,” as allegedly it was increasing the strength and resilience of their warriors.
Quinoa is gluten-free, very high in antioxidants, packed with protein, magnesium, iron and fiber – it contains almost twice as much fiber comparatively to other grains! What does it mean to your health? “The gold of Incas” prevents heart disease, helps in losing weight, detoxification of the body, energy production, and in the formation of healthy bones and teeth. In addition, one of quinoa advantage is that it is really easy to incorporate in your diet.
- Chia seeds
Chia seeds are beautiful tiny black seeds from the plant related to the mint that grows in South America. Back in the day, they have been an important food staple for Aztecs and Mayans. Actually, in the ancient Mayan word chia means “strength.”
There are dozens of delicious ways to benefit from chia power: in puddings, muffins, smoothies, jams, oatmeal, parfaits, etc… Let us see why it is so important.
They are bursting with fiber, fatty acids, quality protein, minerals, and antioxidants; they improve certain blood markers, which lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes; they are packed with important bone nutrients. As much as sports drink, chia seeds improve fitness performance.
Even a small amount of chia seeds provides a powerful dose of nutrition. If you are to try only one superfood, go for chia seeds.
Here is another representative from the Southern Hemisphere. The açaí, pronounced ah-sigh-ee, is a Brazilian berry overloaded with antioxidants. Actually, the berries are one of the highest sources of antioxidants on Earth: one berry holds ten times the amount of antioxidants as grapes, and two times the amount of blueberries.
Açaí is famous for improving digestion, its anti-aging properties and for cleansing body from toxins. The Brazilian superhero boosts also energy levels and ability to focus. Being packed with protein and fibre, açaí makes you feel full longer, thus, it’s a helping hand in fighting weight. Research has proven that açaí also prevent heart disease, diabetes and depression.
Bonus? Its smooth texture and chocolatey taste goes perfectly with both sweet and savoury recipes. Surely, just one tablespoon of Açaí berry powder will do.