It seems the term "superfood" gets tossed around a lot these days but here is the low down on 6 foods
that are truly "super." So on your next trip to the supermarket, add these to you basket and start feeling the benefits!
Tart or sour cherries contain high levels of antioxidants. They are anti-inflammatory, help boost sleep and can improve sports recovery. Reports have suggested that eating tart cherries can reduce some post work out side effects like muscle aches, inflammation and weakness.
Avocados are a great source of mono-saturated fats which are known to lower bad cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. A recent study has suggested that combining a moderate-fat diet with one avocado a day could actually lower your levels of bad cholesterol by more than a low-fat, or moderate-fat diet without avocados.
Not just good for urinary tract infections, studies have suggested cranberries can improve heart health, prevent some cancers, boost oral health and help reduce infection. They contain polyphenols which have been found to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. But be careful with your cranberry juice or cranberry drink intake. They tend to be loaded in sugar.
High in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, blueberries have been linked to heart health, cancer prevention, enhanced brain function and improved eye sight. And get this, some studies have suggested that the antioxidants in blueberries may help to delay the aging process!
Pumpkin seeds provide protein, fiber, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous as well as being a source of zinc which is important for immunity, cell growth and division, as well as sleep, mood, and eye and skin health. Just a handful makes a great nutrient packed snack. Add them to your oatmeal in the morning for a boost.
Chia seeds are full of antioxidants, soluble fiber and minerals. They are also a source of omega-3 and have more calcium ounce for ounce than milk. If you are looking for an easy way to add these to your diet, sprinkle the seeds onto porridge that has been mixed with rice milk (or almond or soy milk if you prefer) and you have a wonderful breakfast.
How do you work these foods into your diet? Share your tips with us!