Immunity boosting foods are also known as “Superfoods” and the name says it all. Yes, they are very potent in keeping our body strong and healthy by strengthening the immune system and are perfect if you are following a healthy eating or weight loss plan.
These powerful foods should be supplied in the daily diet because it lowers your risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and kidney problems. If you already have issues with increased blood cholesterol and sugar levels, these foods would definitely help keep them at bay.
They come naturally in foods, there are no known side effects and no prescription needed to get all the benefits you can get from these.
Superfoods offer a wide array of health benefits; they help fight free-radicals from damaging cells in the body that can lead to the following health conditions:
- Diabetes (Type 1 and 2)
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Certain Cancers
- Digestive Problems
- Premature Aging
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Macular Degeneration
What are the Characteristics of Superfoods?
- They are packed with high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
- They may also contain good amounts of essential fatty acids and essential amino acids.
- They are brightly colored – red, yellow, green, violet, blue, orange.
- They are not processed.
- They are palatable and can be prepared in so many ways.
- They are easily available in the supermarkets.
- They are inexpensive.
Top 10 superfoods
Raw Honey: is loaded with essential nutrients such as 22 amino acids, 27 minerals, and 5,000 live enzymes. All you need is one teaspoon per day to get all of its benefits. You can use it in oatmeal, herbal teas, desserts, and in preparing fruit or vegetable juices.
Berries: contains flavonoids, potassium, vitamin C and fibre. The fibre aids in weight loss, digestion and in controlling blood cholesterol and sugar levels. They also have anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing properties. You can use them in making fruit smoothies, desserts or salads.
Raw Cacao or Dark Chocolate: contains high amounts of magnesium and flavonoids. It also contains natural anti-depressant and mood-enhancing properties, which uplifts mood and often associated with feelings of well-being.
Fish Oil: fish contain omega-3 fatty acids are also known as the “good fat” which helps reduce the risk of heart disease and hypertension. It can also improve cognitive function (memory) and relieves symptoms of arthritis. The best varieties of fish include salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines. Plant sources include olives, walnuts, flaxseeds, and soybeans.
Sweet Potato: contains good amounts of fiber, vitamins A and C, and potassium. Fiber aids in digestion and weight loss. And it also helps lower blood cholesterol and sugar levels. Vitamins A and C, and potassium strengthens the immune system and promotes heart health.
Sprouts: aside from the fact that it contains high amount of fiber. It also has alkalizing effect in the body which may help in flushing toxins out of the body and creating a more balanced environment. Sources include broccoli, mung bean, and alfalfa sprouts.
Sprulina: Spirulina has very low calories, but it is naturally rich in protein, vitamins A, E and B-complex; minerals such as iron, copper, selenium, manganese and gamma linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid) which promotes overall well-being.
Spices: these too have been found with healing properties. It relieves stomach ailments, headaches, joint pains, wards off colds and flu. The best sources are ginger, cardamom, turmeric, cloves, and cinnamon.
Yogurt: low-fat plain yogurt contains protein, vitamins, minerals, and live micro-organisms or friendly bacteria which promote healthy intestinal flora, and also helps boost the immune system.
Quinoa: contains zinc, vitamin E, selenium, and fibre which help lowers risk for heart disease and diabetes. It is very easy to prepare and goes well with vegetables, nuts, and lean protein.
Make sure to include these foods into your daily diet (we have lots of them on our 28 Day Diet & Exercise Plan) because they contain high amounts of antioxidants that are easily absorbed and utilized by the body. And the best way to fight free-radicals is by eating foods rich in antioxidants. These free radicals can be obtained when:
- You eat unhealthy foods like processed meats.
- You are exposed to pollution.
- You are exposed to chemicals.
- You drink too much alcohol.
- You are stressed.
- You have long exposure to radiation.
- You smoke.
“Superfoods” are not a new discovery. They’ve been there for hundreds of years. Modern people are just learning more and more about its health promoting benefits that is why it is becoming the rage nowadays.
So now is the time to enjoy them and stay healthy!
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