If you’ve ever heard of superfoods you surely know that they cause a lot of controversy in the modern world. There are many myths and theories around these, so keep on reading if you want to learn more about them. Our list contains everything you need to know about different kinds of superfoods and drinks that can boost your energy levels, level up your health and even save your love life!
What are some of the most popular superfoods you should try?
Seaweed? Sure, why not!
Our list of superfoods would not be complete without seaweed – the ultimate superfood that plays a huge role in eastern Asian cuisine. In fact, seaweed is extremely popular in many cultures including Japan. The Japanese have not simply gone completely crazy about these algae which are found in a massive number of Japanese dishes. It is both a strong part of their tradition as well as a logical extension of a country that has very little land for farming. If you don’t have land for farming, you extend your reach to farming the ocean.
Did you know that seaweed comes in many different forms? From laver or nori, sea grapes, to kelp, dulse, and many more, they are all rich in vitamin B12. This vitamin is necessary for keeping nerve and blood cells healthy but is often tricky to find outside specific meats and animal products. Needless to say, that’s exactly what makes seaweed an essential food for vegans who don’t want to take supplements. Besides that, seaweed also contains a lot of iron and calcium. As it is rich in fiber and iodine, it’s a great choice for people who want to shed some pounds and clean their system. However, you need to be very careful with seaweed as some of them can contain heavy metals, depending on where they grew!
Make sure to give kale a fair shot
If you know anything about superfoods, you surely know that kale currently is one of the most popular ones around. Well, this is probably because kale is a less exotic vegetable than the aforementioned seaweed and other unusual superfoods. The best thing about this cruciferous vegetable is that it is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Apart from vitamins K, A, C, and B6, it also contains manganese, copper, calcium, and other essential nutrients.
Kale is also very low in calories, which makes it perfect for people who want to lose weight. Besides that, kale is rich in antioxidants that fight oxidative damage caused by free radicals. In case you didn’t know, oxidative damage can speed up the process of aging and even cause many diseases, including cancer. So, if you want to stay healthy and look youthful, add kale to your smoothies and you’ll be one step closer to your super healthy self!
Don’t skip avocado either
Avocado is another favorite superfood if you ask us. This uber fruit of Millennials is rich in good fats. Of course, we’re talking about healthy, monounsaturated fats that can protect your cardiovascular system instead of damaging it. A similar amount of healthy fats can also be found in oily fish, nuts, and olive oil, which is why avocados aren’t as unique as some would believe. However, it’s very important to remember that avocados are highly calorific, which is why they should be eaten in moderation. For example, an average avocado has around 240 calories, whereas a Mars bar has 228! It’s quite shocking, isn’t it? So, if you don’t want to gain a few pounds very quickly, make sure to stop binge eating avocado toast. Yes, it’s delicious and all that, but consume it thoughtfully and you’ll see its amazing benefits!
Goji berries are a must…
Goji berries are the next superfood on our list, and you know what? They surely deserve a place on it since their health benefits are truly numerous. Even though they are native to Asia, they have spread all across the world’s grocery network recently. Many food stores and online shops sell them these days.
Goji berries are bursting with healthy antioxidants. Apart from fighting the aforementioned free radicals and inflammation, these berries have immune-boosting properties as well. This is because they are rich in vitamins A and C, both of which are essential for building immunity and preventing diseases. Goji berries also contain beta-carotene that is known for promoting healthy skin. It can reduce skin irritation, manage the impact of aging, and even diminish pigmentation caused by sun damage. If that sounds great, incorporate goji berries into your everyday meals and you’ll gradually see a big difference!
… As well as chia seeds
Believe it or not, the teeny tiny darlings of the Home Shopping Network during the 80s Chia Pet craze, as a food chia seeds undoubtedly are some of the most powerful superfoods in the world. This is simply because they are so full of important nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids are said to raise HDL cholesterol, which is also known as the ‘good’ cholesterol.
Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, iron, calcium, and antioxidants. Vegans adore these tiny seeds since they can replace eggs in baking when mixed with water. Although they can be eaten cooked or raw, the best way to consume them is actually to either soak them or add them to another food before eating. As they are rich in fiber, chia seeds will help you feel full for a longer period of time, which makes them amazing to include in on-the-go snacks!
Try pomegranates, too
Last but certainly not least, pomegranates are superfoods that mustn’t be overlooked. We can freely say that pomegranates are some of the healthiest fruits in the world. Did you know that these are called divine fruits, too? It’s because pomegranates are the most mentioned fruits in theological books and has been used for thousands of years as medicine! Pomegranate juice contains more than 100 phytochemicals and their benefits are everything but ordinary.
Similar to many other superfoods, pomegranates, too, have antioxidant properties. They are also rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as in folic acid and fiber. Everyone knows that fiber is good for digestion. If you tend to eat junk food often, they help replace the fiber in fresh fruits and vegetables. If you add only one pomegranate to your diet every day, you’ll consume around 45% of your daily recommended intake of fiber. And according to those old books you might also replenish everything from your immortality to your libido!