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Superfoods You Should Know

Here are 5 superfoods that are common and readily-available (you probably already have it in your kitchen!) that is unexpectedly incredible for your overall well-being.

  1. 1.     Goji Berries

Ah, goji berries, the small red berry that we all see most commonly in our Chinese double-boiled soups. Also known as the wolfberry, goji berries are said to be the elixir of life with its high antioxidant compounds that aid in better eyesight, protects the liver and boosts immunity; it also contains 19 different amino acids and it is said to pack more Vitamin C than oranges. With its complex array of nutrients, the goji berry really is an all-rounder.

  1. 2.     Broccoli

This is no stranger to all of us – we all know this mini tree, we eat this mini tree and we are also probably oblivious to how dense it is with nutrients.  Packed with vitamin A and C, broccoli is an excellent aid to cataracts and heart diseases as well as keeping your immunity in check. A special thing about broccoli that few may notice is that it contains soluble and non-soluble fiber which simply means that it provides you with both the fiber your body needs all at once. Broccoli’s nutrients are best preserved through steaming – easy to prepare and your body will thank you for it.

  1. 3.     Salmon

Salmon, a fatty fish we are all familiar with. From raw to poach to steam and to grilled, salmon can be prepared in various ways to suit everyone’s taste buds without forgoing its benefits. Rich in omega-3 fatty acid, dubbed the “good kind of fat”, salmon can help in reducing inflammation in our bodies thus protecting it from various illness like stroke, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes as well as improving memory.  Salmon is also an excellent source of vitamin D – a small portion of salmon fulfills your daily requirement of vitamin D! Life just got easier, didn’t it?

  1. 4.     Dark Chocolate

You are probably trying to read this over and over again in disbelief. Yes, to all chocoholics out there, good news awaits you! Dark chocolate, more specifically the cacao contents in it, has been proven to be high in antioxidants and can help balance your blood pressure. More good news: it is also a brain health food. There is a downside to this, however. Before eating dark chocolate, do make sure it is at least 70% cacao and above to ensure that it is serving its correct purpose and remember to keep it in moderation.

  1. 5.     Baked Beans

Canned and convenient, baked beans is a rather unconventional and surprising food to be on the list. Most people would not associate canned food to be remotely healthy or nutritious but I beg to defer. It is said that baked beans contain protein, fiber, iron and calcium making it highly nutritious – and it requires little to no cooking! Beans on its own has fiber that are insoluble which eventually moves to our colon to form a fatty-acid chain which cushions and nourishes it from cancer. On top of that, the tomato sauce found in baked beans provides a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant responsible for aiding heart disease and prostate cancer; so, it is not just for taste purposes but contributes to the overall nutritional value as well. A superfood in a can – no more excuses right there.

Now you know how easy and inexpensive it is to live a healthier lifestyle!

 

 *picture courtesy of thefitnessreporter.com

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