The Superheroes that Live in your Kitchen

By Lizzie Myers, July 29, 2013 LifeVest Health,

Image courtesy of The Gracious Pantry

 

If you’ve ever shopped at Whole Foods or so much as skimmed through a health magazine, you’ve heard the term “superfood.” The name alone sounds promising, but with so many health trends these days, it’s difficult to keep up with the benefits that each one claims to offer.

Here is an analogy you aren’t likely to forget: superfoods, as their name suggests, are comparable to Superman. Just as Clark Kent kept his powers a secret, superfoods are disguised as seemingly average foods that may even be sitting in your refrigerator right now. While Superman fought crime, superfoods fight cancer, heart disease, memory loss, and many other bodily villains.

How, you ask? Their superpowers come in the form of “large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals,” according to Health.com. And as if these health benefits weren’t enough, these nutrient-packed foods are delicious and easy to fit into any diet.

So, which foods qualify as superfoods and what makes them such heroes? Here are a few favorites:

Blueberries:

Yup, your favorite cereal topping has a secret identity. Believe it or not, these bite-sized berries are chock-full of antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and phytonutrients. This powerful combination gives your immune system a major boost and may help to prevent heart disease, memory loss, and some cancers.

 

Broccoli:

Our parents weren’t kidding when they told us to eat our broccoli. The vegetable’s abundance in vitamin C, calcium and fiber boost the immune system while chemicals called isothiocyanates have been proven to take down cancer cells. True superheroes if you ask me.

 

Chia Seeds:

Image courtesy of Azchia

This superfood is a bit lesser known, but its plentiful health benefits are beginning to take the spotlight. The tiny seeds are an incredible source of Omega-3, which prevents arthritis and heart disease. They also slow down the absorption of carbohydrates into the body, which helps to control blood sugar and curb food cravings. Simply sprinkle 20g worth into your oatmeal, a smoothie, or fruit juice and let this superfood work its magic.

 

To reap the ultimate benefits of the formidable superfoods, make sure to eat a wide variety. Click here for more information and a longer list of the healthful foods!

Happy Health! 

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One Comment on “The Superheroes that Live in your Kitchen”

  1. Chris O. Buswell says:

    Liz I enjoyed reading this. Great insight. I especially like the superman tie in.


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