Superfood can be termed as food that contains more vitamins, fibres, minerals and other nutrients than regular foods. It is important to know that there is no patent or protection on the name superfoods, which means that you can call any food as a superfood.
Superfoods often cost more than just healthy food. I can remember that quite a few years ago I could buy a kilo of chia seed for my cocktail at the pet store for just $1. Now that chia seed has turned into superfood, the price has gone 12 times. You now pay around $5.95 for 500 grams of chia seed. Expensive superfoods can still be incredibly healthy. On My Blog I talk about green superfoods and smoothie drinks as well as have done a detailed usage Review on Athletic Greens one of the best and most popular green superfood powders.
In this article, I will tell you which superfoods I think are worth their money. Here comes my top 10.
List Of 10 Best Natural Superfoods
#1: Dark leafy vegetables
Dark leafy vegetables (such as spinach and kale) are full of good nutrients. They contain substances that fight inflammation in your body and may, according to a study, protect you against some forms of cancer. Another study shows that people who eat dark leafy vegetables have a smaller chance of developing type 2 diabetes than people who do not.
The potential health benefits of dark leafy vegetables are too many to list here. The best way to put it easily into words is: your body needs nutrients to function, and dark leafy vegetables are FULL of good and powerful nutrients.
#2: Green tea
I drink two to three cups of green tea every day so that I get powerful polyphenols every day. Don’t be shocked by the name; polyphenols have many health benefits. They are antioxidants that protect your cells against oxidative damage and possibly delay the ageing process. Green tea can also help to maintain cholesterol level. Green tea also has positive effects on memory. Green tea contains caffeine and an amino acid called L-theanine.
When these two substances reach the brain, you become more alert and calmer: a golden combination if you want to focus properly. The memory boost I get from green tea is subtle. It makes you focused and sharper. Green tea can also help with weight loss. If that is your goal, I advise you to combine green tea with a low carbohydrate diet if you do not exercise or if you are irregular with your workout routine.
Wheatgrass contains vitamins A, C, E, K and B, along with the minerals like iron, magnesium and calcium, and no less than 17 amino acids that your body cannot produce itself. Wheatgrass is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are the bodyguard to your organs. They protect you against cell damage and keep your body clean. A study even shows that the antioxidants in wheatgrass can reduce the spread of oral cancer by 41%. This does not mean that wheatgrass can prevent cancer. It can at most offer some degree of protection against certain types of cancer, and more research is needed to confirm this. Furthermore, wheatgrass can help with weight loss by reducing appetite.
This small super alga is only one cell in size and is almost as old as the earth itself. Chlorella can improve the immune system in adults by making more antibodies. Antibodies are comparable to the soldiers of our immune system. Chlorella is often used to detoxify. There are indications that chlorella can remove heavy metals (such as lead, mercury and cadmium) from the body. These harmful metals can enter your body through vaccinations, dental fillings and eating seawater fish (such as tuna, swordfish or other predatory fish).
#5: Raw cocoa
Yes, it is: dark chocolate is a true superfood. It is relatively cheap, tasty and also healthy. Raw cocoa is rich in antioxidants. It can improve your cholesterol levels because the antioxidants make more HDL cholesterol and less LDL cholesterol (this is beneficial). The flavonoids in raw cacao can also protect you against type 2 diabetes. Also, it seems that cacao can reduce stress, which has a beneficial effect on weight loss. Raw cocoa has an antibacterial effect. It can combat bacteria that can spoil your teeth and cause cavities. Use raw cacao in a smoothie, with yogurt or oatmeal.
Ginseng is similar to a natural tranquilizer. Ginseng works as an adaptogen that can calm you down and helps you deal with stress. In Asian countries, soldiers were given ginseng during the war to recover faster and to cope better with the intense stress. It takes the roots of the ginseng plant three years to mature. In those three years, they have plenty of time to absorb and store useful minerals from the earth. These healthy roots are used as a powder in supplements, as a tea and in skin care products. From a placebo-controlled study, clear improvements in memory were found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease who received Korean red ginseng for 12 weeks. Another study found that people who ate ginseng were given more energy.
Ginger is mainly used as a seasoning in dishes. Ginger has recently become increasingly popular due to its health benefits. The root of the ginger plant contains gingerol: the substance that is responsible for all health benefits. Ginger can remedy nausea and can provide relief from physical pain. Ginger is very popular as a natural remedy for many discomforts. Ginger is available in almost all supermarkets. You can use it in your meals, but you can also make ginger tea from it. You can easily make this yourself by cutting thin slices of ginger and putting it in a cup with hot water.
Avocado is one of the few edible fruits that does not taste sweet. It is full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Avocados can lower bad cholesterol. This means that you no longer have to be afraid to eat healthy fats. Furthermore, avocados can also protect eyesight against degradation. The creamy fruit contains lutein and zeaxanthin: two important antioxidants that minimise the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Avocados contain many healthy fats, so they contribute to good blood sugar levels. As you can read in many articles about losing weight, a stable blood sugar level is essential if you want to burn unwanted body fat.
Turmeric (yellow root) is one of the most popular spices at the moment. This year it has been named supplement of the year (with good reason). Turmeric appears to protect against certain forms of cancer. So far, this has only been confirmed in animal studies, but it looks promising. There are even two investigations underway at the Academic Medical Center (AMC). Also, turmeric can relieve depressive feelings. In some cases, it is better than some other known anti-depressants. Turmeric can also improve the effect of anti-depressants. In some countries, turmeric is recognized as a natural remedy for digestive complaints. Turmeric can also support liver function. That is why it is often used with detox programs.
#10: Omega 3 fats
Omega 3 fats can be found in fish, seeds, nuts and algae. They are indispensable for good health. Omega 3 occurs in every living cell of your body. Your heart, kidneys, lungs, skin, hair, liver, muscles, intestines and all other organs work best if you get enough omega three from food. Omega 3 fats can prevent inflammation, improve your cholesterol levels, provide relief from joint pain, support normal functioning of your eyes, reduce the risk of heart disease and help you lose weight.
These were the top 10 superfoods that you can find in your daily groceries or nearby supermarket. Although, the list doesn’t end here as there are many more natural foods that act as a superfood. I Hope you do like this list of the 10 best natural superfoods.