The term ‘Super Foods’ has been on the rise for a couple of years. Everyone seems to be talking about it. So what are these superfoods? These are foods loaded with nutrients that are beneficial to your health. Superfoods are not a substitution to healthy meals but are an addition to your healthy balanced meals.
Here are some of the superfoods which are packed with nutrients:
Quinoa — Quinoa has gained popularity over the last few years for the health benefits it provides. They were known as ‘ Mother of all grains’ to the Inca Empire. Quinoa, being a gluten-free grain is ideal to be included in a gluten-free diet. It is a rich source of dietary fiber, proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Quinoa has all the 9 essential amino acids which make it a complete protein. It is a nutritious grain and it reduces the risk of heart diseases, high cholesterol, high BP, and diabetes. As it is rich in fiber, there is a feeling of fullness and it can help in reducing weight.
Amla or Indian Gooseberry — Indian Gooseberry commonly known as Amla is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is a seasonal fruit that is available in winters. Amla is one of the richest source of Vitamin C and it is also rich in antioxidants. It is said that it has 20 times more vitamin C than orange juice. Amla has numerous health benefits due to the nutrients present in them. Some benefits of amla are that it helps in stabilizing sugar levels, lowering cholesterol levels, improving immunity, and slows down aging. Amla also helps to relieve constipation and assists indigestion.
Avocado — Avocado, a nutrient-dense fruit has gained popularity over the years. The creamy texture and flavor make it a unique fruit. It is a nutritious fruit with healthy fats present in it. It also provides a rich supply of vitamins and minerals. As it a high-calorie fruit lot of people think twice before consuming it. But avocado consists of healthy fats and it provides a sufficient amount of monounsaturated fats (MUFA) to our body. Avocado is a rich source of MUFA and has a plant sterol called beta-sitosterol which helps in lowering cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart diseases. It also assists in managing blood pressure levels due to its high potassium content. Avocado helps in managing blood sugar levels, keeps your eyes healthy in the long run, helps in relieving osteoarthritis. It can also assist in weight loss due to its high fiber content. Looking at these benefits, it is a ‘Super Food’ for sure!
Turmeric — The superfood, turmeric is a spice which is always present in the spice box in the kitchen. It is a popular, commonly available, and an essential ingredient. Turmeric is bright yellow in color with a bitter and warm flavor. It has numerous compounds and curcumin is an active compound. It provides many health and medicinal benefits. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice and it helps to relieve the pain caused by arthritis and it eases the joint pain. It lowers the risk of heart diseases by lowering triglycerides and blood cholesterol levels. Studies have shown that curcumin in turmeric helps in the prevention of type 2 diabetes in pre-diabetic people. It is an antiseptic and has the ability to cure wounds and also stops the bleeding. Due to the antibacterial and antiviral properties, turmeric can provide relief to cough and cold naturally.
Pair these superfoods with healthy balanced meals and regular exercise and you are going to feel great with all the benefits they offer.