“Super” is a word that has been permeating our lives recently, wouldn’t you agree? “Superfood”, “superfruits”, “superseeds” to name three. What exactly is it that makes these things so super? The definition of the noun superfood is as follows:
A nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
Herm. Not particularly specific, eh? I can, however, shine some light on a few seeds and fruits that are mighty super for us; they are natural and minimally processed as well. This is not the first time you will be seeing some of the below mentioned contestants on this blog, which means that you should be incorporating them into your day to day eating routine! Please 🙂
1. Chia Seeds: Best and most often used in yogurt, homemade trail mixes, baked goods, commercial nutrition bars, beverages and snacks. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
2. Flaxseeds: A good source of protein, fiber, antioxidants, and phytoestrogens in the form of lignans and omega-3 fatty acids. A study has also linked eating ground whole flaxseed to lowering blood cholesterol.
3. Sunflower Seeds: Often considered a traditional ballpark snack, they provide monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, protein, fiber, vitamin E, and phytochemicals like choline, lignan, phenolic acids and betaine.
4. Pumpkin Seeds: Packed with protein, fiber, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus. They are also known to be a libido booster (especially for men).
5. Blueberries: Daily consumption may reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness; they are also high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, fructose, and antioxidants. Antioxidants in these berries are linked to the prevention/delaying of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and the aging process.
6. Acai Berries: They are a rich source of anthocyanin and have a fatty acid ratio similar to olive oil. They have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
7. Tart Cherries: High in anthocyanin and have high antioxidant activity. Reported benefits include enhanced sleep, anti-inflammation in arthritis and gout, and sports recovery.
8. Avocados: Beneficial effects on cardio-metabolic risk factors beyond the heart-healthy fatty acids.
9. Cranberries: Associated with benefiting urinary tract health but have also shown to benefit heart health, cancer prevention, oral health, and glycemic response.
Well, there you have it! These are extremely condensed factoids… I have pages written on all of these ingredients, so if you ever want to know more, let me know! Maybe I’ll do a spotlight every now and then to keep you at your sharpest.
Have a great night everyone — you survived Monday!