Feeling super? You will be soon if you add these nutrient-dense foods to your diet.
The verdict is in: Superfoods are super popular. It doesn't matter if you're looking for a nutrient-dense addition to your daily diet or simply want some new flavours to enhance a meal, there's truly something for everyone in the superfood family.
While there are no medical or legal definitions of what a superfood must consist of, generally they have large doses of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help ward off disease and promote good health. With that in mind, take a look at some of the best options on the market right now.
This cruciferous vegetable continues to grow in popularity. It has a huge range of health benefits, including antioxidant nutrients and anti-inflammatory nutrients, which work to prevent against illness. Not only can it help to prevent inflammation, but consumption of kale has been shown to lower a person's risk of developing bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate cancer.
To get the most bang for your buck, steam kale when preparing it for eating. This provides cholesterol-lowering benefits.
Nutritionists simply love blueberries. Their deep blue colour is due to flavanoids, which protect the memory carrying cells in a person's brain from the effects of oxidation and inflammation. With such high levels of flavanoids, these berries have been found to help promote and preserve memory function. Their high water content also does fabulous things for the skin, too, as it hydrates thew body's cells.
They also have plenty of fibre and vitamin C. Eat them fresh as they are, or add them to yoghurt and cereals for a sweet treat you don't have to feel guilty about.
Blending protein, fibre and unsaturated fat into one tiny package, pistachios are one of nature's most perfect inventions. They're rich in natural plant compounds that can lower bad cholesterol levels and are incredibly tasty.