7 Must-Try Superfoods Today

Calorie intake should not be wasted. Choose superfoods that contain calories but also gives you a lot of nutrients. Rather than empty calories like chips and soda just so you can’t go beyond daily calorie intake required.  Below are 7 superfoods that you should incorporate in your daily meals to get more energy and your boost immune system.

Avocado oil

You can get avocado oil from its fruit’s pulp. And you can have it by mixing it with your vegetable salad to increase the benefits you get from what you eat. Avocado oil gives you a lot of health benefits such as the following:

  • Healthy Fats
  • Antioxidants- prevents oxidative stress and diseases by fighting off free radicals which causes them
  • Oleic acid (70% of the oil)
  • Monosaturated omega 9 fatty acid- which stimulates increase production of good cholesterol of the High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) and boost heart health
  • Vitamin E – slows down aging process
  • Lutein – boosts eye health thus prevent you from getting age- related eye disorders such as macular degeneration and cataracts
  • Carotenoids

Maca root

Maca is a part of the cruciferous family such as cabbage and broccoli. It can be found mostly in mountain Andes Mountains in South America. According to history, it is the food of choice of the ancient Incan tribe before they go to battles. They believed that maca is an adaptogen food which can reduce their anxiety level. It lowers cortisol and stress hormones which are responsible in increasing undesirable side effects.

Those who have tried maca said that it tastes good and it gives them a boost of energy. It contains a lot of nutrients and gives the feeling of liveliness and feeling good. It most likely results to increase in endorphin production and balances healthy hormones and thus restore sense of well-being.

Maqui

Maqui is a type of berry that can be found in Argentina and Chile rainforests. It has shown to contain loads of amount of antioxidants compared to other known berries like blackberries. Anthocyanin is the primary antioxidant of Maqui. Anthocyanin protects our body against free radicals’ toxic effects. It also offers antiviral and cardiovascular benefits.

Purple fruits and vegetables

The darker the food, the higher amount of antioxidants it contain. This antioxidant slows down aging process and boost cardiovascular health. The recommended dark colored fruits and vegetables include acai berries and beets.

Tiger nuts

Tiger nuts are considered as misnomers which are kind of sweet tubers and gives off Vitamins C and E, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorous. Tiger nuts are ideal for lactose intolerant as a substitute for milk since it contains a lot of nutrients. It is also a good substitute for non meat eaters to get protein and fibers as well. It tubers itself helps in alleviating high levels of amino acid and arginine which causes hypertension. And it prevents stomach cramps and bloating succeeding a large meal.

Teff

Teff is an Ethiopian grain that contains loads of fiber and gluten-free which makes it a good substitute for wheat. Thus, makes Teff a great choice for those with gluten intolerance and celiac disease. It also comes with low saturated fats, glycemic index, and sodium. It controls sugar level in the blood and contains up to 40% resistant starches. Teff is an ideal food for vegans and anemics. You can get loads of vitamins and minerals from consuming it such as Vitamin C, iron, phosphorous, thiamine aluminum, barium, copper, and high amount of protein.

Watermelon seeds

Watermelon is readily available in the market and we all know that it is good for hydration. But unlike its seeds, it contains high amount of magnesium that is essential for managing blood pressure level to prevent stroke and heart diseases and regulating metabolism of carbohydrate to regulate blood sugar level. It also contains high amount of protein which can consume 61% of daily requirement for only a cup of watermelon seed.

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