Even a cheese burger and chips will have some nutritional value but some foods contain an extra nutritional value that make then ‘superfood’. Superfoods are especially valuable to your health and wellbeing so it’s certainly worth investigating them further. The Cheapest Life Insurance takes a look…
- Salmon- fish in general can provide us with a great level of protein, vitamins and minerals but an oily fish like salmon can give us even more! Salmon contains omega 3 fats which reduces blood clotting and inflammation. We’re all heard the expression ‘fish is brain food’ but it really is true…omega 3 fats also help to prevent depression and protect against the onset of dementia.
- Bananas-don’t be put off bananas by believing the myth that they are fattening. They have slightly higher energy levels than some other fruits but that makes them especially valuable for refueling around your exercise schedule. The potassium levels in bananas all help to lower blood pressure and provide a good level of vitamin B6 for healthy skin and hair.
- Brown Rice-a healthier alternative to white rice. It is packed with fiber and a great source of resistant starch which boosts metabolism and burns fat. Brown rice is filling to eat but low in calories making it a low-energy-density-food.
- Grapefruit-great for weight loss! Grapefruits can help to lower cholesterol and are full of antioxidants. Grapefruits are also full of water so they’ll fill you up and you’ll eat less.
- Broccoli-can be eaten raw or cooked and are full of antioxidants such as Vitamin C. The high nutritional value in this vegetable also includes calcium which doesn’t just mean stronger bones it can also help to control blood pressure and work towards preventing some cancers. Broccoli is low in calories and absolutely full of properties which help to prevent serious diseases.
- Brazil Nuts-all nuts are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber particularly if they aren’t salted. They are a good natural source of selenium which has been linked to helping in protection against cancer, depression and Alzheimer’s.
- Apples-are packed full of antioxidants, particularly vitamin C which is great for healthy skin and gums. Apples can help to lower blood cholesterol levels as they contain Pectin. A low GI (low glycaemic index) food, apples are digested slowly. Once broken down they are absorbed into the bloodstream as glucose which causes a gradual rise in blood sugar levels.
- Oats-rich in fiber and very filling. High in resistant starch which means they help to boost your embolism and help burn fat. Porridge in the morning means a slow release of energy through the day.
- Blueberries- great in porridge, fruit salad or on their own. These tiny fruits are full of fibre that’ll help you feel fuller. High in antioxidants and therefore helpful in protection against forms of cancers and cardiovascular benefits such as lowering cholesterol and balancing blood fat levels.
- Baked beans- jam packed full of protein, fiber, iron and calcium. They are a low GI food, like apples, which means they’ll be slowly absorbed in the body. Even the tomato sauce has some benefits, high in the antioxidant Lycopene, which links to the prevention of heart disease and cancer.
Maintaining a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle is a power resource in reducing your risk of serious diseases such as cancer or heart related illnesses. Superfoods should also help you to feel great and many of them increase energy levels and may even help weight loss. There are lots of superfoods out there, eat with a different nutritional value. If you aren’t already in the know, it’s definitely worth finding out!
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