Superfoods. It’s the hip term that we’ve all heard bouncing about. But, what exactly are they? And how do superfoods and their vitamins actually help us?
A superfood is any food that is considered nutrient-rich, that’s especially good for health and wellbeing. It’s a food that makes your body sing. Thing is, you have so many to choose from, where do you start? Well, we at Write Up have picked twenty-one of our favourites.
Superfoods and their vitamins:
1. Greek Yoghurt
Because of how it’s made, Greek Yoghurt is full of protein and probiotics; which are essential to aid digestion and form muscle.
Not only is it wheat-free, this snazzy little grain has protein, B vitamins, vitamin E, fibre and more. It was a staple diet of the Incas, the largest native empire in the early 16th Century. It seems people have known about superfoods and their vitamins for quite a while now!
Kale offers more iron per ounce than beef! It’s packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as a whole heap of antioxidants. If that wasn’t enough, it can help prevent UTIs too!
Chia seeds can help to reduce type 2 diabetes. Yes, you read that right. They’re also tasteless, easy to digest, and super dense in nutrients. It’s no coincidence their name means “strength” in Myan!
Oatmeal lowers cholesterol which helps heart disease. Its high fibre content gives you more energy, and helps you feel fuller for longer.
6. Green Tea
Although technically a drink, and not a food, we couldn’t resist including green tea. This tasty alternative to caffeinated chaos is full of antioxidants, protects against damage to DNA, and can help you lose weight.
Broccoli is one of, if not the, healthiest vegetable. It’s chock full of vitamins, minerals, and provides the right vitamins to build up your bones and lower cholesterol.
Incredibly, chillies contain more Vitamin C than strawberries and oranges. Capsaicin, the thing that makes your chilli hot, is an anti-inflammatory; which means if you suffer from any chronic inflammatory conditions, chilli helps you battle the bloat.
Unless you’re Bella Lugosi, garlic is a great boost to your immune system. It has been used through the ages to aid the resolve of intimate conditions, but it also helps heart disease, cholesterol and blood pressure.
Wheatgrass, as long as it doesn’t have its seed still attached, is gluten-free. It’s the healthy choice of our two-legged friends as well, as it contains live enzymes and amino acids that aid digestion.
11. Goji Berries
Goji berries are great for your heart. They also boost your brain, help your immune system, and are full of a whole heap of vitamins and minerals.
Walnuts are the highest antioxidants of all the nuts, meaning they protect against DNA damage. They’re also full of Vitamin E, which, as the image suggests, is great for the condition of your heart.
Tomatoes support the immune system and help maintain healthy skin and tissue. One medium sized tomato provides half of your daily Vitamin C! They’re also excellent for circulation.
Apples aid weight loss and help fight obesity. Their skin contains Quercetin, which science boffins think help stop pesky free-radicals from destroying your brain.
Most oily fish have a high-level of omega-3, a fatty acid that helps your brain and heart. Salmon itself has a positive effect on glucose and metabolism, helping you fight against type 2 diabetes.
Avocados are the superstar of the vegan revolution. If you’re not yelling “FREE SHAVACADO!” right now, where have you been? (volume up). Thing is, it lives up to its reputation. Avocado is full of fibre, folate, potassium and Vitamin E. It also has a whole heap of good cholesterol, without the artery blocking side effects.
Pomegranates have Vitamin A, C, E and Iron. Again, they’re packed full of DNA protecting antioxidants, and can strengthen your bones.
Blueberries are anti-inflammatory, which makes them great for chronic disease sufferers. Incredibly, they can also boost your mood. They’re high in flavonoid, which has shown an ability to lift mood when eaten over a long-period of time.
Beetroot contains vitamins that help lower blood pressure, prevent dementia and boost your performance in sport. It’s rich in nitrates, and there’s some evidence it might even help increase blood flow to the brain.
Seaweed is very dense in nutrients. Its chemical composition is near to the plasma in our blood, which means it helps fight toxins and purify our life-force. The chlorophyll it contains is also a powerful detoxifier, helping to rid your body of waste.
21. Cacao Powder
Wait! Don’t go rushing for the chocolate bar just yet. Raw cacao powder is what we’re talking about here. It has 40 times the antioxidant power than blueberries, and is full of magnesium to ease the heart, brain, and any feminine ailments.
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