Superfoods That Will Make You Feel Good And Look Great

What could be better than eating specific foods that have proven to be catalysts for overall well-being? Superfoods are nutrient-rich; meaning that they have various body-healing compounds that help optimize your immune system, reduce inflammation, support mental health, boost energy, weight loss, longevity, and much more. If you are not taking green smoothies made from kale, spinach, collard or turnip greens, then you are missing out on high levels of body cleansing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that play an instrumental role in preventing certain types of cancers.

If you are going to drink anything, may as well make Spirulina, Chlorella, Wheatgrass, Moringa, Mint, and Matcha green tea, your go-to powerhouse beverages, why? For starters, Spirulina deserves the superfood crown because not only is it one of the most nutrient-rich foods on earth, but this blue-green alga has body-cleansing properties as it works pretty well in eliminating heavy metals. It also prevents gastrointestinal tract and vagina Candida, fights HIV/AIDs virus, supports weight loss, it has anti-cancer compounds, reduces blood pressure as well as oxidative damage, boosts immunity and memory, offers neuroprotection, increases energy and much more.

Spirulina comes in powder, tablets and energy-boosting powder mixes – you simply have to take the recommended minimum amount of 3 grams daily of this pure, natural food and the richest whole food sources of protein to reap its immunity boosting benefits.

Chlorella is yet another green, nutrient-dense alga that has numerous health benefits ranging from improving cholesterol levels to detoxifying the body, boosting the immune system, improving cholesterol levels, and enhancing aerobic performance during weight loss thanks to its impressive nutritional profile. Because both Chorella and Spirulina have an acquired taste, combine them with beetroot, mint leaves or lemon juice to improve the taste.

Moringa leaves have been found to contain high levels of healthy antioxidants and bio-active plant compounds and by using primarily the powder can prevent oxidative stress and sustained inflammation associated with chronic diseases like cancer, blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and type II diabetes.

Wheatgrass, on the other hand, is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and E, including essential antioxidants and minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, and amino acids. It also contains chlorophyll associated with many health benefits ranging from fighting free radicals to reducing oxidative stress, preventing cell damage, improving cholesterol levels, etc. While more studies are needed to confirm wheat grass’s potential as an anti-cancer superfood, however adding it into your favorite green smoothie, the Thylakoids in wheatgrass have proven to enhance satiety and boost weight loss.

In addition to having powerful antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds known to have potent anti-inflammatory effects, Matcha green tea is high in an Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) Catechin compound that numerous studies believe it to have cancer-fighting effects and also has the ability to protect against heart disease, type 2 diabetes. Unlike regular green tea, Matcha has more caffeine making it an effective weight-loss superfood to have in your arsenal.

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10 health benefits of adding more greens to your diet

No single fruit or vegetable provides all of the nutrients we need to be healthy. Although most of us are aware of the importance of vegetables in our diet, very few of us actually eat the optimum amount. In fact, our typical Western diet often consists of processed, calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods which is contributing to the rise in obesity and other health conditions. The typical diet today leaves our bodies lacking vitality and craving nourishment by prompting us to eat more which ultimately leads to weight gain.  

In spite of mistreatment, our bodies have the power to renew and heal when supplied with necessary nutrients. 

Here are some of the benefits that adding more greens to your diet can have:

  • Vegetables in our diet can reduce risk for stroke, cancer, heart diseases, type-2 diabetes. 
  • Dietary fibre from fruits and vegetables helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. It also helps to fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy.
  • Greens are low calorie but still packed with loads of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that will keep you feeling energized all day as well as help you to lose weight.
  • Leafy greens are an excellent source of folate, which helps your body produce mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. In other words they are a natural way to help relieve stress levels.
  • The folate in dark green vegetables is also known to prevent age-related cognitive decline.
  • The vitamin K contents of dark green leafy vegetables provide a number of health benefits including: protecting bones from osteoporosis and helping to prevent against inflammatory diseases.
  • Good source of iron! Iron deficiency leads to anaemia, a common health problem among pregnant and lactating women and also children. It is easily preventable by adding greens like spinach to the daily menu.
  • Improve eye health. Carotene in greens gets converted in the body to form Vitamin A which prevents blindness.
  • Green vegetables like kale, broccoli, spinach and cabbage increase chances of conception. They are an excellent source of folic acid which is known to improve ovulation and prevent birth defects.
  • Good source of potassium. Potassium helps to lower blood pressure and may also make blood vessels less stiff.

So, whether you need to lose just a few kilos or are looking to improve your general health, adding greens to your diet will help you achieve your goals.

List of top nutrients and in which vegetables they can be found:  

  • Folate:  Frisee, Asparagus, Romaine lettuce, Spinach, Turnip greens
  • Fiber:  Artichoke, Peas, Avocado, Lima beans, Jicama
  • Vitamin C:  Red bell pepper, Broccoli, Green bell pepper, Green chili pepper, Brussels sprouts
  • Beta-Carotene: Sweet potato, Pumpkin, Carrots, Mustard Greens, Spinach
  • Lutein:  Spinach, Swiss chard, Mustard greens, Turnip greens, Radicchio
  • Magnesium:  Spinach, Swiss chard, Lima beans, Artichoke, Peas
  • Vitamin K:  Mustard greens, Spinach, Kale, Collard greens, Turnip greens
  • Potassium:  Sweet potato, Lima beans, Swiss chard, Spinach, Portobello mushrooms
  • Iron: Spinach, Broccoli, Green soy beans, Asparagus, Baby lima beans, Peets, Sweet potato

If you don’t feel like shopping for fresh vegetables, another good way to increase your daily greens intake is to add superfood powders to your diet. Superfood powders are nutrient-rich meaning they contain a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. They are also very easy to consume, you just need to add one teaspoon to your favourite smoothie, juice, breakfast, or mix it with water. One teaspoon of Super Green Mix is the equivalent to one serving of greens. Superfood mix makes it easy to get your greens every day – even when life gets busy!

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