What is it about Superfoods that has every vitamin, supplement and “health conscious” advocate singing its praises? It’s simple: these nutrient-dense foods have proven to be naturally effective in everything from lowering blood pressure to treating certain types of cancers. By thoughtfully integrating Superfoods into your diet, you can naturally improve your physical and mental health. Here are five superfoods that you’ll want to incorporate into your diet right away in 2019.
Widely used in its powder form, moringa is an antioxidant that fights inflammation and protects the tissues in the body. It has shown promise in preventing diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, liver disease, respiratory, and skin and digestive disorders. Rich in vitamin A, C, and E, calcium, potassium and protein, moringa also supports brain health through normalizing levels of serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. Drink moringa in tea form or add the powder to your favorite smoothie.
These little seeds are big on flavor and are full of amino acids, zinc, calcium, essential fatty acids, and iron. The nutrients found in pumpkin seeds can lower blood sugar levels promote sleep and fight depression. Pumpkin seeds are especially beneficial in men’s health, as they have been a traditional remedy for prostate health. Grind the seeds and sprinkle on salads, mix in smoothies or simply snack on a handful.
This earthy superfood is low in fat, calories and carbohydrates. A great meat alternative, mushrooms contain germanium, selenium, copper, niacin, potassium and phosphorous. Cremini mushrooms hold the title of being the only natural food sources of vitamin D. White button, reishi and maitake mushrooms have been shown promise in the treatment in certain types of cancers, while shiitake mushrooms boost the immune system, prevent high blood pressure, and treat viral infections. Although mushrooms can be enjoyed raw, they must be cooked to get their nutritional benefits because their cell walls are indigestible. When preparing mushrooms for cooking, wipe with a damp paper towel to clean. Avoid rinsing or soaking them in direct water as waterlogged mushrooms are difficult to brown when cooked.
Once considered a staple in the Inca, Maya and Aztec civilizations, amaranth is now a popular substitute for rice. Similar to quinoa with an earthy, nutty flavor, amaranth is naturally gluten-free, rich in protein, fiber, micronutrients and antioxidants. Combine vegetables and cooked amaranth to create a healthy, tasty side dish.
Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, are in the tuber family. Sunchokes are known to help lower blood pressure and are high in potassium and protein. This superfood is high in fiber and beneficial for diabetics as they contain inulin, which helps maintain health blood sugar levels. Baked, sautéed or pureed in soups, sunchokes make a delicious, nutritious addition to any diet.
These are just a few of our favorite Superfoods to consider, there are plenty of others to consider. Tag @ WellLivingCo on Instagram and share some of your favorite Superfoods and recommended ways to enjoy.