Everyone knows that eating well is important for your overall health. However, there is a lot of information out there, and some of it is confusing and/or conflicting. Also, with a busy schedule, it can be difficult to find time to prepare a meal. Thankfully, there are a host of nutrition-packed foods that are simple to prepare and will tide you over as a snack until you have some time to put together a meal. Some of these will act as a meal in itself, filling you up surprisingly well!
Here’s our ten favorite super foods, with a description of how they can assist you in your quest for a healthy diet.
The strange giant green berry is a wonderful source of mono and polyunsaturated fat that will help to reduce your risk of heart disease and weight problems.
Avocados are great for your brain, and are high in folic acid, potassium, fiber and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K.
What’s more, the tiny colorful super-fruit can aid one in a fight against ulcers, MS, CFS, and UTIs.
They are crucial for eye health, helping to prevent glaucoma and cataracts. To keep things flowing, blueberries will help your circulation and digestion.
Broccoli is also packed with antioxidants, lowering one’s risk for cancer, heart disease and cataracts.
Further, this veggie has cholesterol reducing properties, and is high in folic acid, fiber, and vitamins A and C.
Green tea is another great source for antioxidants, and is known for its role in traditional medicine. In addition to its cancer-fighting properties, this tea will help to lower cholesterol, fight diabetes, and increase your metabolism. Green tea is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Oats contain soluble fiber, which is good for reducing LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol. It has been shown that just a five to ten gram addition of soluble fiber to the diet every day can decrease your total cholesterol.
Also, oats are good for controlling blood pressure. They are a savior for the gluten intolerant, as they can aid the nutrition by increasing intake of antioxidants, zinc, magnesium and vitamin B1.
Salmon and other fatty fish such as mackerel, herring and tuna all contain significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are an anti-inflammatory and known reducer of triglycerides. These properties reduce your overall risk for heart disease. In addition, those who have suffered a heart attack already can benefit from eating fatty fish, as it reduces the risk of arrhythmia and sudden death.
Spinach is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and will help stave off arthritis, osteoporosis and age related eye issues.
The dark leafy green can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Spinach is high in flavonoids, which slow the growth of certain cancers, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, E, and K.
Nuts, such as almonds and walnuts, are powerful sources of omega-3 fatty acids and unsaturated fats, which reduce bad cholesterol and the risk of heart attacks. They are high in vitamin E and L-arginine, which are both good for vascular health. As if this were not enough, nuts can lower risk of breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and even depression.
These also aid digestion.
In addition, yogurt is a plentiful source of many vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins, potassium, magnesium and calcium.