While the term “superfood” is more a popular one than an official category of food, there is no denying that some foods have a far denser nutritional content or offer exceptional health benefits of one type or another. Some foods have been shown to have strong cancer fighting properties, while others have been shown to protect heart health, cognitive function or even slow down the aging process. Some foods are so power-packed that they may do all of the above. The one thing about superfoods, however, is that there is generally no downside to eating them. Here are 5 great superfoods you want in your diet and why.
Packed with anti-oxidants, blueberries are also filled with a number of other vitamins and compounds that can not only help ward off aging, but may also help boost your memory. Perhaps most importantly, a single serving of blueberries will provide you with up to 36% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin K. Vitamin K plays a key role in helping your blood clot and may even help prevent bone loss and osteoporosis, but is not generally available in supplement form.
Not only is kale a nutrient powerhouse that offers more iron per serving than even a serving of beef, it’s also rich in vitamin K. Best of all, kale is one of the easiest foods to add to your diet. You can enjoy it in a salad, place it on top of a burger or even eat it in chip form topped of with a healthy dollop of guacamole.
Not only is oatmeal high in fiber, it has also been shown to have a significant impact on lowering cholesterol levels. Oatmeal makes a quick and easy breakfast and is delicious with a wide variety of toppings.
Not only is broccoli also high in all-important fiber, but it also packs exceptionally high levels of vitamin C in it’s leafy green trunks. Vitamin C has been shown to potentially reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and even prevent strokes. Not only that, but it’s a powerful natural anti-biotic that can strengthen your immune system and help you ward off colds and flus.
Salmon contains one of the highest doses of omega-3 fatty acids, which studies have suggested can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. And if that’s not enough, the omega-3’s in salmon can also help promote good bone and joint health and help prevent degenerative neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.