For example beets, spinach, blueberries. There is no clear scientific definition of what a superfood really is, it is rather a marketing ploy. So-called products have a high level of vitamins, minerals, and other substances that are useful for our body. Superfoods are rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats. Let’s look at some of the products that fall into this category.
Coconut oil is one of the best sources of saturated fatty acids. In addition, it is rich in calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, C, and E, which preserve beauty and youth. Coconut oil becomes liquid and transparent when heated to 26 degrees and higher. It increases the level of "good" cholesterol and lowers the level of "bad", reducing the likelihood of developing vascular and heart diseases.
One medium sweet potato contains 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein and a large amount of vitamin B6, potassium and manganese. Sweet potatoes have a high concentration of vitamin C, but it also contains a lot of vitamin A (beta-carotene), which strengthens the immune system and helps the body to restore the skin and reduce acne. Eating sweet potatoes contributes to the more efficient function of the brain and nerve cells. Use it instead of traditional mashed potatoes.
Carotenoids which are contained in broccoli help the body fight against toxic substances. Broccoli is the only green vegetable with a high sulforaphane content. Sulforaphane removes carcinogenic chemicals from the body.
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, namely oleic acid, which reduces inflammation and “bad” cholesterol. Regular consumption of avocado reduces the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, so you will lower your risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Spirulina is considered almost a cure-all, but this is not quite true. Even spirulina which is rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins, has contraindications. For example, the consumption of spirulina is undesirable in cases of autoimmune diseases. Just because of its powerful immunomodulatory effects, and in cases of autoimmune diseases the immune system fights with itself. But spirulina lowers blood pressure. This is caused by an increase in the production of nitric oxide. It helps blood vessels to relax and expand.
Any fermented food, such as sauerkraut, is good for digestion. It has a high content of fiber and lactic acid bacteria which facilitate the digestion of food. The content of vitamin C in this superfood is 20 times higher than in fresh cabbage. However, in the case of the syndrome of excessive growth of bacteria and fungi in the intestines, this superfood can be harmful by giving food not only to beneficial bacteria but also the pathogenic type.
Ginger speeds up digestion by moving food from the stomach to the upper intestine. It is often advised to pregnant women who suffer from toxemia. Tea or water with ginger relieves nausea. In addition, ginger enhances our cognitive abilities and has anti-cancer properties.
Flax seeds contain vitamins A and E, which are necessary for young skin, as well as omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are necessary for proper fat balance, lower cholesterol and proper function of the cardiovascular system. Flax seeds, like chia seeds, absorb liquid, swell and have a positive effect on the digestive tract. They are also a good source of fiber. Flax seeds should be used with caution in the case of colitis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis, and stones in the gall bladder because they have a strong choleretic property.
Hempseeds contain a balanced complex of Omega-3 and Omega-6 acids. Edible hemp seeds do not contain phytic acid, which reduces the absorption of useful minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc.
One portion of almond milk contains 50 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E that is good for skin health. It is also useful for prevention of vision loss, it strengthens bones, regulates blood sugar levels, maintains heart health and blood pressure levels. Almond milk can be added to cereals at the end of cooking, tea or coffee.
Garlic helps in the prevention of colds, as it contains allicin. It’s a very important compound that has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties. Black garlic is especially useful, it is fermented for a long time at a certain temperature. This is a traditional Korean dish. You can eat it even before work or a date, there is no sharp smell in it.
Peruvian Ginseng or Maca
Maca is a root vegetable. It is rich in minerals, vitamins, and amino acids, and has an amazing property - it affects male and female organisms in different ways, normalizes hormone levels and acts as an aphrodisiac. Maca is actively used by athletes instead of synthetic steroids, as it contains a lot of protein and promotes the growth of muscle mass.
Guarana is a great alternative to coffee. It helps to maintain the acid-base balance. And the effect of cheerfulness lasts up to 8 hours after consumption of this superfood. Usually, 1 teaspoon of guarana is enough to stay awake and concentrated all day. Guaranine promotes the rapid hydrolysis of lipids (fats) and generally speeds up the metabolic processes. Guarana also reduces appetite. This property is associated with a high concentration of caffeine and tannins, which slightly dull the feeling of hunger.
Goji berries contain eighteen amino acids, due to which they are an excellent source of protein. This nourishing snack reduces hunger, boosts immunity and improves the nervous system.