What is a superfood?
Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. They are used as a dietary supplements and have an extremely rich nutritional value. They are rich source of in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, proteins and essential fatty acids. Enjoying superfoods helps to improve digestion, better general well-being and boosts energy levels.
Superfood is an increasingly popular term for a special type of food that has a very rich nutritional value, as their name tells us. Including superfoods into our daily diet is a great choice for our health, as we enrich our diet with antioxidants, which reduces the risk of many diseases, and at the same time fill our body with the necessary minerals, vitamins, dietary fibres…
Superfoods that we see everyday
Superfoods include almost all fruits and vegetables and other foods such as yogurt, salmon and so on. Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables, as it contains a lot of calcium, folate, fibres and vitamins A, C, K, E and B. Strawberries are considered one of the best types of fruit, due to the high content of antioxidants. Different fruits and vegetables contain different vitamins and minerals, so it is recommended to enjoy them all. Superfoods require healthy preparation. Make sure to buy fresh fruit instead of canned with added sugar. Try to eat raw vegetables whenever possible, as uncooked vegetables have the best nutritional value. When cooking, use olive oil instead of butter.
Superfoods have many benefits to our health.
- Help with weight loss
- Are rich source of fibres, which support the digestive system
- Are source of omega 3 fatty acids that promote a healthy heart
- Superfoods contain “good calories” or have less calories
Read on and see how the superfoods are divided into several categories.
Green superfoods have the highest concentration of easily digestible nutrients, help burn fat, contain many vitamins and minerals, and take preventive care of our health. They contain a wide range of healthy substances, including proteins and phytochemicals that support muscle regeneration, improve the digestive system and protect us from various diseases. Green superfoods are extremely rich in chlorophyll, which gives their colour. Studies show that the molecular structure of chlorophyll is very similar to the human structure of blood, so the production of haemoglobin in the blood increases when such a food is consumed. A higher amount of haemoglobin in the blood means more oxygen in the blood, which is very important for our cells. This category includes wheat grass, barley grass, spirulina algae, alfalfa, chlorella, all green vegetables, and so on.
Fruit and nuts
This category of superfoods contains a lot of antioxidants that neutralize free radicals, remove several types of toxins from our body and strengthen the immune system. Due to the increasing number of processed foods on the market, the stressful environment and pollution, it is highly recommended to enjoy superfoods of this category. This category includes: goji berries, cocoa beans, carob, passion fruit, maca, acai,...
Seaweeds or algae are the most nutritious plants in the world, as they have access to all the minerals the sea has to offer. They may contain up to 10 times more calcium than milk and 8 times more than beef. The chemical composition of algae is very similar to the composition to human blood. Algae alkalize and detoxify our blood system. They protect our blood from toxins, including heavy metals and pollutants. Seaweeds are rich in antioxidants, especially chlorophyll, which is a powerful detoxifier. They also contain the antioxidant lignan, which prevents cancer. Algae help in losing weight and eliminating fat deposits. Their naturally high concentration of iodine helps regulate the thyroid, which maintains a healthy metabolism. This group of superfoods include: kelp, wakame, Irish moss…
Herbs offer us a whole range of nutrients that our body may lack due to the processed foods and the environment. People have been using them to naturally treat various diseases for centuries. This category includes: ginseng, brahmi, dong quai, gynostemma, neem…
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