8 Superfoods That You Should Be Eating

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Scientifically speaking, the term superfood is not an official term that has been coined by the scientific community and that this term was coined by the food industry for marketing purposes and to influence the food industry.

The term superfood was bestowed by the food industry on foods that are rich in nutrients and that are good for the health and foods that help improve our livelihood.

Though there are many foods that can be called as such, here we will discuss the top 8 superfoods that is the best and most nutrient-rich food.

⌦What Are Superfoods?⌫

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Superfood is a marketing term coined by the food industry to describe foods that are supposedly full of nutrients and that are full of health benefits. It is a term that is not supported by experts in the scientific and medical community, but it is known that this types of food are chock full of nutrients, such as antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

The nutritional benefits that can be obtained from this everyday ingredients are much more than other ordinary ingredients. It is full of much-needed vitamins and minerals and it can contain more than ten times nutrients than other normal ingredients, as such, it is called a superfood.

They are a source of antioxidants, which are useful in helping repair cell damages which can cause aging, as well as helps protect us from diseases. While there are many types of foods that can contain these much-needed antioxidants, these foods can sometimes be rare as well as exotic that it is not worth it in finding them in our local markets.

In here we will discuss 8 superfoods which can be easily found in our local markets, as well as our local supermarkets. Now here are 8 superfoods that you should be eating.

⌦Moringa⌫

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Moringa or Moringa oleifera is a dark green leafy vegetable that is often called "the tree of life". This is because moringa is one of the most nutrient-rich superfoods out there. It is one of the newest newcomers in the health community.

Moringa is a fast-growing, drought-resistant, deciduous tree, that is native to tropical and sub-tropical areas such as Asia, Africa, and South America. It is a tree wherein its seeds, seed pods, leaves, and crops are used in cooking, medicine, water purifying, and more.

Since it is full of so many nutrients it can be used in poverty-stricken countries to help combat malnutrition. The nutrients it contains can be seen in my previous blog, here is a quote about it.

Moringa is rich in Vitamins (such as vitamins A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pantothenic acid (B5), B6, vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), and folates (B9)), Proteins, it is one of the only known vegetables that contain a high amount of protein, and Minerals (such as Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Potassium, Manganese, Sodium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus). Moringa leaves can help in iron deficiencies since it is an iron-rich food that can provide about 31% of the needed nutritional daily value.

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It is also full of antioxidants which can help fight of aging as well as give us a more younger-looking skin. Just a single serving can help you fulfill your daily nutritional needs.

⌦Turmeric⌫

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Turmeric is a superfood that can be found in the market as well as the local supermarket, it is often used in curries to give it that yellow color. It contains a phytonutrient called curcumin which is a wonderful source of antioxidants, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties. It can help protect us against cancer as well as prevent, heart diseases, and liver problems.

⌦Fatty Fish⌫

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Fatty fishes such as Salmon, Anchovies, Herrings, Mackerel, Sturgeons, Tuna, Sardines, and other fatty fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, This fatty acid can improve one's blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and can help decrease the risk of heart diseases as well as reducing the emergence of sudden strokes. Omega-3 fatty acids can also help in maintaining a healthy and beautiful skin.

Fatty fish also contains antioxidants as well as Vitamin E, which is helpful in helping repair cell damage as well as fight free radicals which can cause aging.

Here is a short video about 4 easy different ways to cook salmon.

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⌦Blueberry⌫

 

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Blueberries come from a flowering shrub that produces a bluish berry with a hint of a violet hue. It is food that is low in calorie but high in nutrients, as well as containing plenty of antioxidants. It is considered one of the best superfoods out there because they are rich in vitamins, soluble fiber, and phytochemicals.

Blueberries are among the most nutrient-dense berries. A one cup serving of blueberries contains about 4 grams of fiber, around 24% of the recommended daily dosage of Vitamin C, 36% of the recommended daily dosage for Vitamin K 25% of the recommended daily dosage of Manganese as well as small amounts of various other nutrients.

They are so nutritious they can help in preventing heart diseases, increase bone strength, promote skin health, control blood pressure, helps in diabetes management, prevents cancer risks, and improves mental health.

⌦Avocado⌫

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While most fruits consist primarily of carbohydrates, the avocado is full of healthy fats. It is a fruit that is highly nutritious containing plenty of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Magnesium,Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous and Vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).

This fruit contains Monounsaturated Fatty Acids which are good for the heart by helping lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as being rich in fiber. Fiber is known to contribute to losing weight, reducing blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to helping lower the risk in many various diseases. It is also rich in antioxidants which can help promote eye and skin health.

⌦Seaweed⌫

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Seaweed is a sea-grown vegetable that is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, as well as containing important minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, iodine, and zinc. It is also full of fibers which are good for the body.

A good way to eat seaweed is to take a piece of seasoned nori, then place some rice on top of it then wrap it up into a roll. If you don't want to eat it plain like that, you can try making little sushi rolls with it by putting different fillings inside before rolling to make different sushi rolls.

Here is a short video about an easy and simple recipe using nori.

Video Credit: Eugenie Kitchen via Youtube

⌦Chia Seeds⌫

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Chia seeds, which came from Mexico, are tiny black seeds that have a crunchy and nutty flavor. It is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and calcium. It is also rich in minerals such as calcium and magnesium.

It is a delicious treat that is also beneficial to the body, itis helpful in losing weight, improving bone health, as well as preventing various health risks.

⌦Green Tea⌫

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Green tea, originally it comes from China, is a lightly caffeinated beverage that is full of antioxidants, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties. It is a healthy drink that can help prevent diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

research has also shown that green tea is an effective tool in helping people in losing weight.

⌦One Last Thing⌫

In this blog, we discussed various superfoods which can be easily found in the local market and supermarket. They are densely packed full of nutrients, antioxidants, and healthy fats. Not only are they delicious but they are also good for you. So you should try it now and see how it will improve your lifestyle.

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