Read about these incredible foods that have amazing health properties. Adding these foods to your plate will definitely improve the quality and longevity of your life. If you haven’t tried some of these so far, we strongly recommend to give them a shot.
-This deep purple berries are the richest of all fruits in antioxidant compounds so they can help to prevent various diseases. The blueberries are the first fruits to be named SUPERFOOD. It’s thought that a handful of berries a day can offer a protection of many diseases. The compound in the berries called pterostilbene could be effective as many commercial drugs in lowering cholesterol levels, and may also prevent diabetes and some cancers. The blueberries have another important compound – anthocyanin. Anthocyanin can protect our body from diseases and could help in memory loss. This fruits also contain high amount of vitamin C. They also have zeaxantin and lutein that are keeping our eyes healthy.
–Of all the vegetables of the brassica family, broccoli has the highest level in selenium, which has been shown the highest levels of protection against prostate cancer. Broccoli comes in several variations, the darker the color the more beneficial nutrients this vegetable has. Broccoli contain sulphoraphane and indoles, which have been shown that help prevent breast and colon cancers. They have high amounts of flavonoids, which are helping us against cancers like ovarian cancer. Broccolis contain high amounts of plant chemicals that are helping us against stomach ulcers. They have high amount of zeaxantin and lutein to help against macular degeneration. They have high amounts of vitamin C and selenium. They act as a detoxifier, lowering bad cholesterol levels, boosting the immune system and protecting against cataracts.
- Brussels sprouts
–This vegetable is one of the most important winter vegetables. It contains high amount of vitamin C and other immune-boosting nutrients. They’re rich in sulphoraphane, compound that acts like detoxifier, and helps the body clear itself from potential carcinogens. When is eaten regularly, it has been shown that helps prevent DNA damage, and helps minimize spread of breast cancer. They even contain small amounts of omega-3 oils, zinc and selenium. When it’s eaten regularly it has been shown to lower the risk of prostate, colorectal and lung cancer. They contain high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthine.
-Contrary to popular believe, spinach doesn’t contain noteworthy levels of iron, nevertheless, it does have many excellent nutritional properties. The flavonoid compounds in the spinach act as detoxifier, helping the prevention of stomach, skin, prostate, breast, and other cancers. Spinach is also extremely high in carotenes, which protect eyesight. It has high levels of vitamin K, which is boosting bone strength. This vegetable contains peptides, which are aspects of protein, which has been shown that are lowering blood pressure, and it also has vitamin E, which may help protect against age-related cognitive decline. It has high amounts of vitamin A too.
-Valued as a health protector for thousands of years, garlic bulbs are a useful natural antibiotic, and are also believed to reduce the risk of heart diseases and cancers. The powerful sulphur compounds are major source of the garlic’s health benefits. Research has shown that regularly eating garlic can minimize the risk of heart diseases and many types of cancers. When eaten regularly in reasonable quantities, it is a good source of vitamin C, selenium, potassium and calcium. It prevents formation of blood clots and arterial plaque.
-One of the most nutritious members of the brassica family, kale contains the highest levels of antioxidants of all vegetables and is a very good source of vitamin C. A single portion contains twice the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, which helps the vegetable’s high content of iron to be absorbed by the body when ingested. One 100g (3 ½ oz) portion also gives about a fifth of the daily calcium requirements of an adult. Kale is rich in selenium, which helps fight cancer, and it contains magnesium and vitamin E for a healthy heart. There are over 45 different flavonoids in kale which combine antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
-The best source of complete protein in the plant kingdom, quinoa provides all the necessary building blocks for skin, bone and brain regeneration. Most plant foods are lacking in one or more of the essential amino acids, but quinoa is an easy one-food solution, containing all the essential amino acids, plus a good range of minerals and B vitamins. These enable the protein content of quinoa to be used effectively, so that it can provide the vast amount of energy needed for the constant renewal of skin, hair, nails, teeth, bone and organs. Quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain. As such, it is high in anti-inflammatory omega-6 oils and is ideal for those people who cannot tolerate wheat or gluten.
-Miso is a traditional Japanese ingredient used as a seasoning for dishes. The Japanese diet has long been associated with long life and good health. Miso is most often produced by fermenting soya beans with salt and koji yeast mould, although it can also be made with rice, wheat or barley. Like yogurt and kefir, miso is associated with good gut health because it feed the beneficial probiotic bacteria present in the body. This supports toxin elimination and the absorption of nutrients to keep the body healthy. Fermented foods also help the immune system, helping to reduce multiple sensitivities and inflammation, as seen in hayfever and skin problems.
– Spirulina is a natural “algae” (cyanbacteria) powder that is incredibly high in protein and a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients. When harvested correctly from non-contaminated ponds and bodies of water, it is one of the most potent nutrient sources available. It is largely made up of protein and essential amino acids, and is typically recommended to vegetarians for its high natural iron content. It is often touted for its high B-12 content, though there is a lot of debate about if this particular form is a complete and absorbable form of B-12 and I don’t recommend it completely in place of animal products. The high concentration of protein and iron also makes it ideal during pregnancy, after surgery, or anytime the immune system needs a boost.
– Maca is an herbaceous plant native to the high Andean Mountains of Bolivia and Peru. It is one of the only food plants in the world able to thrive at such a high altitude. Maca, and more specifically the root of the plant, has a long history as a superfood. The maca root was prized throughout the Inca empire for its adaptogenic-like qualities that enable it to nourish and balance the body’s delicate endocrine system, and to help cope with stress. It also energizes naturally, without the jitters and crashes of caffeine, and it can aid in reproductive function, helping to balance hormones and increase fertility. Navitas Naturals Maca Powder is the natural form of this special root.