10 BASIC Foods You didn’t know were SUPER Foods! From vegetables that help fight cancer to fruits that help you sleep better…stay tuned to number 1 to find out about 10 foods you didn’t know were superfoods:
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From vegetables that help fight cancer to fruits that help you sleep better…stay tuned
to number 1 to find out about 10 foods you didn’t know were superfoods:
Number 10: Sweet Potato.
While the sweet potato is a starchy root vegetable, it’s also a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals,
What health benefits do you stand to reap by munching on this tuber?
Well, the color of the sweet potato skin indicates the antioxidants it contains.
Orange sweet potatoes have high concentrations of beta-carotene, that’s converted to Vitamin
A in your body.
Vitamin A strengthens the immune system, supports bone health, and protects your cells from
damage by free radicals.
Purple-skinned sweet potatoes have a high concentration of anthocyanins, which are anti-carcinogenic,
anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and can improve your visual acuity.
Further studies have shown that consumption of whole sweet potatoes could help in the
moderation of blood sugar levels in type-2 diabetes.
Sweet potatoes are high in dietary fiber and are botanically unrelated to white potatoes.
What’s great though, is that in recipes calling for white potatoes, you can use sweet potatoes
The easiest and the best way to cook them is by boiling them…so, boil some up today!
Number 9: Red Sweet Peppers.
Sweet peppers, or bell peppers, have different colors including green, yellow, orange, and
But if you’re looking for the most nutritious and most savory pepper in your supermarket’s
grocery section, opt for red bell peppers.
Contrasted with green bell peppers, they have 11 times more beta-carotene, 1.5 times more
Vitamin C and 8 times more Vitamin A. They have a powerful antioxidant called capsanthin.
It has been shown to have cancer-preventive benefits, and it gives red peppers their brilliant
You can also get a descent amount of iron from red peppers.
Similarly, the high amounts of Vitamin C in the peppers improves the absorption of dietary
iron from other foods such as spinach or meat.
They are also an excellent source of Vitamin B6, that supports proper brain development
in kids and regulates blood levels of homogeneity, which in abnormal levels, has been linked
to heart disease, strokes and Alzheimer’s disease.
Bell peppers are usually in season during summer and fall, and when selecting a red
sweet pepper, make sure its firm, brightly colored and heavy for its size.
Number 8: Parsley.
Nothing says fresh like chopped parsley set on a partly charred steak, grilled fish or
any of your favorite restaurant meals.
But the world’s most popular herb is more than a decorative garnish!
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Parsley contains a multitude of nutrients including Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6,
antioxidants, flavonoids, folic acid, and minerals like calcium, manganese & copper.
So, why gorge on this highly nutritious herb?
It contains the highest concentrations of myricetin, a plant-based flavonoid with anti-inflammatory,
anti-diabetic and anti-cancer benefits.
Parsley is also good for your heart, because of its folic acid, which promotes general
You also derive a descent amount of luteolin that has been shown to help fight cancer,
aged related diseases, ALS and Autism.
What’s also great is that you can find parsley in your supermarket all year round.
Number 7: Broccoli.
This miniature tree looking veggie has been around for more than 2,000 years and resulted
from the breeding of Brassica crops, such as cabbages, by an ancient Italian civilization.
It was introduced in America by Southern Italian immigrants, but became popular in the 1920s.
There are many ways to cook it, and it provides many health benefits.
No wonder it has become hugely successful.
So, what does it contain?
Though it’s 90% water, Broccoli is an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is essential for
proper immune function.
It has some of the highest levels of glucoraphanin that’s converted to sulforaphane during digestion.
Animal and laboratory-based studies have revealed some amazing benefits of sulforaphane.
It’s the most promising molecule that can combat and kill cancer.
It lowers LDL, or bad cholesterol, levels in humans.
In hypersensitive rats, sulforaphane and broccoli sprouts decreased blood pressure and protected
the heart against cell problems and oxidative stress.
The sulfur-containing molecule has also been shown to help compact obesity, improve diabetes,
protect against skin damage, and more!
So what’s the best way to eat it?
But a study showed that steaming from one to three minutes, and not a minute longer
can increase the sulforaphane yield.
Number 6: Kale.
Hailed as the Queen of Greens because of its nutrient content, kale belongs to the same
family as collards, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli.
A cup of raw kale has more than 100% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, Vitamin
K, and Vitamin A. It is also high in lutein and Zeaxanthin, two antioxidants shown to
protect the eye from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Like other greens in the cabbage family, kale can provide your body with isothiocyanates
that help protect against cancer by preventing carcinogens from being activated and countering
the poisonous effects of active carcinogens.
Kale is also a good plant source of calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Most people don’t get enough of magnesium, which boosts calcium absorption, lowers blood
pressure and even relieves anxiety.
Kale also has health-promoting flavonoids that protect your body from free radicals.
Cooked, boiled, or steamed; you can’t afford to miss this tasty green in your diet.
And the best part is; you can grow the plant indoors all year round.
Number 5: Spinach.
There is a battle brewing among the super foods with one crucial question; Which is
healthier spinach or kale?
Let’s compare 1 cup of the chopped greens.
Kale will give you 206% of the daily recommended Vitamin A compared to just 56% from spinach.
Kale also has more Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, manganese,
copper, and proteins.
But spinach makes a quick comeback with more folate at 15% compared to just 5% in kale.
Spinach also has more iron, that’s vital for folks battling anemia.
In terms of dietary fiber, it’s almost a tie, with Kale at 5% and Spinach at 3%.
It’s not all bad news for spinach despite these numbers.
You stand to benefit a lot from its well-balanced nutrient profile.
What’s more, it has antioxidants that strengthen muscles…particularly your heart muscles.
And like kale, it contains lutein and zeaxanthin that are good for your eyes.
Spinach may also improve your cognitive function.
If you can’t decide between these two veggies, just mix them.
Number 4: Beet Greens.
Beetroot is an established superfood, famed for its high levels of dietary nitrate, which
your body converts to nitric oxide, a really powerful molecule with innumerable health
But, what you might not know is that the green leafy top is a nutrient wellspring.
In fact, beet greens can be a great substitute to other dark & leafy vegetables such as Swiss
chard and spinach.
This is because beet greens are a good source of iron, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin E,
Vitamin B2, folate, fiber, copper, manganese and potassium.
Naturally, eating beet greens comes with a number of benefits; The plentiful Vitamin
A in one serving can stimulate the production of white blood cells and antibodies, and fights
the effects of free radicals.
Since they are great source of fiber, beet roots can help control your blood sugar levels,
lower your cholesterol levels and help you lose weight.
And do you know another reason why beets are awesome superfoods?
They can survive in freezing temperatures.
Number 3: Chia Seeds.
Despite the recent buzz about the health benefits of these seeds and their star status in the
Paleo diet, Chia seeds have been around for thousands of years.
They come from a flowering plant native to Mexico.
Ancient civilizations, including the Mayans and Aztecs, farmed them for food and religious
What’s more, they were eaten by warriors to increase their strength.
In fact, the name Chia comes from the word “Chiabaan,” which means “strengthening” in
the Mayan dialect.
Modern warriors, aka body builders, have also turned to Chia seeds for their high protein
Vegans also love Chia seeds because they also pack a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids
that are mostly derived from eating seafood.
What’s more, in one ounce of Chia seeds, you get 42% and 18% of the daily recommended amount
of dietary fiber and calcium respectively.
Like sesame seeds, there are many ways you can incorporate Chia seeds into your diet.
Number 2: Kiwi Fruit.
Slice open a kiwi fruit, and you’ll be visually impressed by its striking green flesh.
Not only do these fruits crush it in the looks department, but they are one of the most nutrient
dense fruits in the world.
Struggling to sleep?
Eat two kiwi fruits one hour before bed.
Their high content of serotonin induces sleep and also assists in memory and learning.
And if you believe citrus fruits are the best source of vitamin C, have a change of heart,
because kiwi fruit’s Vitamin C content is almost twice that of lemons or oranges.
Kiwi fruits have also been shown to help asthma patients relieve the symptoms of wheezing.
They contain an enzyme called actinidin, also present in papaya, that enhances gastric digestion
In a study involving people with elevated blood pressure levels, consuming three kiwi
fruits a day lowered BP levels more than eating an apple a day.
Surprisingly, this humble fruit is also an excellent source of omega-3.
An important thing to note is that some people are allergic to kiwi fruits.
Number 1: Bee Pollen.
Often called “Nature’s perfect food,” bee pollen has been the go-to food supplement
for thousands of years.
Hippocrates, who’s regarded as the father of medicine, used it as a healing substance.
Francis Huber, a Swiss naturalist who studied bees in the 19 century, called bee pollen
“the greatest body builder on earth.”
So, what is it?
It’s the primary source of food for bee larvae.
And its collection starts when a worker bee lands on the anthers of a flower.
The bee will gather pollen, mix it with saliva and place it in a pollen basket on its hind
Once the bee arrives at the hive, it stores the pollen in open cells and seals it in with
a layer of honey.
The air tight plug causes the pollen to undergo anaerobic fermentation that makes nutrients
And what benefits does it provide?
It’s thought to improve concentration levels and alertness.
It’s rich in B Vitamins that promote the health of your nervous system.
And thanks to its 22 amino acids, it has been used by athletes and body builders.
Bee pollen has also been shown to reduce inflammation, protect the liver against toxicity, and its
antioxidant properties could help patients with diseases such as hypertension, cancer,
and cardiovascular diseases.
It may also benefit people suffering from allergies by inhibiting the activation of
mast cells, thus reducing histamine levels in the body.
Besides boosting your health, it’s also a natural stress and anxiety reliever.
However, some people may have severe allergic reactions towards bee pollen.
And it should be avoided by people with diabetes.
Which superfood makes you feel super?
Let us know in the comments below and…take care!
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