Let’s face it: in some ways, keeping healthy nowadays – in spite of all the great new cell phone aps and newly-discovered weight loss herbs – is more difficult than ever. Part of this difficulty stems from the fact that there is little time in the modern schedule for regular exercise. Part of it, too, is because the foods that most people eat are highly processed and poor in the nutrients that body needs for continued health. Fortunately, there are ways to fight against this. One of the best ways is to learn about some of the truly great superfoods there are out there and incorporate them into the daily diet. Below is a list of some of the top superfoods available, as well as the health benefits to consuming them.
There is a reason why wheatgrass is found in so many health drinks and juice combinations: it is one of the best known sources of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the pigment in plants which gives them their green color – and it’s great for humans, too! Chlorophyll is a powerful cleanser and detoxifier as well as containing potent antioxidants and is a great addition to any power smoothie! (1)
Ashwagandha is another superfood which is still in the process of becoming known in the United States, but it is well worth learning about! It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in Indian for over 3,000 years and is highly prized as a natural way to boost the immune system and allow it to fight off infections and illness. Its adaptogenic properties also help the body recover from stress. (2)
Turmeric might just be one of the world’s most highly-studied roots! This deep golden spice is valued for its medicinal properties that are thought to be due to its active ingredient, curcumin. Curcumin is a power antioxidant, anti-inflammatory compound which is used to help conditions like arthritis and is being studied for its role in preventing Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues as well. (3)
Flax seeds are truly amazing. First, they are a great source of plant-based proteins and are high in dietary fiber. They are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to promote heart health as well as reducing inflammation throughout the body. And what’s more, preliminary research out of India indicates it might also help diabetics with better blood sugar control. (4)
Some of these superfoods may sound exotic, but most are available in health food or specialty stores and some are probably lurking in the local supermarket! And making an effort to add some of these foods to the diet can pay off big time in terms of overall health and longevity.
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