We’re sure you’ve heard all about the benefits associated with consuming superfoods – it’s hard to avoid the hype. But it’s true, not all foods were created equal — some are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and other beneficial substances that have earned themselves ‘superfood’ status. Here at Move Health and Fitness, we love superfoods so much that we’ve created a list of the 10 essential superfoods to super-charge your diet!
1. Avocado:This yummy fruit is full of good fats (mono saturated fats and omega-9 fats) and nutrients such as phytosterols and polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs), which support the inflammatory system and lower the risk of illnesses caused by inflammation, such as; arthritis. Avocados are also high in oleic acid, which helps our bodies absorb nutrients, and high in vitamin B-6 and folic acid, which support heart health AND they're a better source of potassium than bananas!
2. Eggs: Forget what you may have read, eggs are the best! Just one egg has only 75 calories, 7 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, 1.6 grams of saturated fat, plus iron, vitamins and minerals.
3. Açai:This exotic berry contains a remarkable concentration of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. It's considered one of nature's best offerings to combat premature aging thanks to its high monounsaturated oleic acid content. Oleic acid helps omega-3 fish oils penetrate cell membranes, making them more supple.
4. Broccoli:Loaded with vitamin C, folic acid and carotenoids, this crunchy green vegie is packed full of vitamin A and can protect your cells from the damage of free radicals, enhance immune system function and improve reproductive health.
5. Lentils: These legumes are a great source of cholesterol-lowering fibre and lean protein. They contain lots of iron and B vitamins and are quite filling, yet low in calories. Folate and magnesium also contribute to heart heath and improve the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
6. Beans:These guys pack big benefits into small packages. Containing soluble fibre, they're low in fat and contain no cholesterol (unless they're processed). And one cup of beans has about 15 grams of protein — as much as two ounces of chicken or meat - and they contain an array of nutrients including antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, such as copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc.
7. Sweet potatoes: Carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium and fibre are just a few of the benefits of eating this savory-sweet veggie, which is ranked among the highest vegetables on the nutrition scale. Sweet potatoes can help stabilize blood sugar, making them a great choice for diabetics, and are relatively low in calories.