What are these 'Superfoods'?

We live in an era where having a proper diet and lifestyle is extremely essential to perform the best and live a fit life. In the outbreak of many viruses and diseases, having a strong immune system must be our top priority. Health is wealth, isn’t it? Also with the current pandemic going on, we can imagine how important it is to have a strong and robust immune system.

Though we all know how a well balanced diet can impact our body in a positive way, we tend to make poor choices and decisions when it comes to diet. We usually pick foods which give our mind instant dopamine boost and an instant spike in our insulin levels, which may feel good momentarily but it’s bad in the long run. Many a times, we aren’t even aware of what we are consuming and also unaware of what nutrients & micro-nutrients exist in our food. For living a healthy lifestyle, it is important to eat a diet which is rich vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

So, what are these ‘Superfoods’? We have heard about how they elevate the nutrient content of a diet. But why aren’t they categorized as normal foods? What do these ‘Superfoods’ contain that make them ‘Super’ foods?

Let me tell you these foods are called Superfoods for a reason. Superfoods are considered to be packed with a high vitamin and mineral content. They are the nutrient powerhouses that provide large quantities of antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. And the best part is that most of these superfoods are plant based.

If these superfoods are correctly incorporated in a well balanced diet, they can promote weight loss, prevent ageing, improve cardiovascular strength and energy levels. They are well known for their detoxifying effect and reducing inflammation. Just by including these in our diet, we are not only strengthening our immunity to fight diseases but also experience numerous benefits.

Let’s check out some of these Superfoods!

1. Avocado

If you have heard about Superfoods, then you definitely know these Avocados. The avocado is an evergreen, tropical tree with green, pear-shaped, nutrient-dense fruit. The term avocado refers to both the tree and the fruit. Avocados come in hundreds of different varieties. Not only they are delicious, they're also packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that can help keep you healthy. It’s the only fruit that provides a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Avocados are seen to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, so they are extremely healthy for our heart. Avocados may even have a role to play in cancer treatment, with some research finding that phytochemicals extracted from avocado can selectively inhibit the growth of precancerous and cancerous cells and cause the death of cancer cells. So this is why, they are categorized as superfoods. Other benefits include lower risk of depression, improve digestion, improve vision and strengthen bones too!

2. Pomegranate

Pomegranates are filled with healthy juices and fiber. They are rich in vitamin C, potassium and fiber. The majority of that fiber is found in the white seeds hiding beneath the pockets of juice. Considering their size, pomegranates are low in calories. So this makes them a delicious and ideal snack for anyone watching their weight. They are filled with antioxidants which help in reducing inflammation. The antioxidants in the juice and their high concentration are believed to stall the progress of Alzheimer disease and protect memory. They also help in the prevention against cancer and diabetes. They are also found to help to improve memory and learning. As other superfoods, pomegranates help in digestion and fight heart diseases.

3. Broccoli

Generally, all the green vegetables are considered Superfoods. But, broccoli stands out a little more. It belongs to the category of cruciferous vegetables which are extremely rich in fiber content. It is low in calories but contains a wealth of nutrients and antioxidants. Broccoli is considered to be very satiating, which makes it ideal for weight loss. Cruciferous group of veggies contain compounds which help maintain the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut. Broccoli helps in boosting our immune system and also helps with digestion. This superfood is also known for improving skin health and reducing inflammation. It helps in improving bone health and also cardiovascular health. It reduces the risk of Cancer drastically. Imagine experiencing all these benefits and many more, only by making this a part of our diet.

We are what we eat.

Making the right choices in our diet and including certain superfoods can help us living a better and healthy life.

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Nitin Wankvani

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