We believe that good food has the power to heal the body from the inside out. The key to taking care of yourself starts with good nutrition. A superfood is defined as “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.” It is important to incorporate these superfoods into your diet to support a healthy weight, heart, brain, immune system, and so much more.
Here are 8 of our favorite superfoods that are perfect for the Fall:
Eggplant contains fiber that traps fat and cholesterol so you don’t absorb as much. The eggplant’s skin contains certain essential phyto nutrients that improve blood circulation and nourish the brain. Eggplant also provides fiber, which protects the digestive tract. Incorporating eggplant into your regular diet can lower your risk of colon cancer.
Cinnamon fights insulin resistance (which can cause diabetes). It can also help with stable energy levels and moods. Cinnamon can reduce pain linked to arthritis and it contains fiber, calcium, iron, and manganese.
Egg whites are the perfect protein source with no cholesterol or saturated fat. They also contain the essential minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, iron, and others. The egg white is also a good source of riboflavin and selenium along with essential vitamins such as folate, B12, niacin betaine and choline.
Flaxseed is high in fiber and your best source for plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. There is evidence that suggests that flaxseed may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Flaxseed also contains lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities.
Avocado lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and maintains HDL (good cholesterol). Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that boost heart health and help lower blood pressure. Eating avocados is often recommended for pregnant women for development of the fetus’s brain and other vital organs. Avocados are also great for anti-aging, digestion, and they can protect against prostate and breast cancers.
Steel cut oats slow the rise in blood sugar (compared to other carbohydrates) and help lower cholesterol, making them great for diabetes prevention, weight loss, and blood pressure control. They have been proven to decrease the risk of developing heart disease.
Salmon is a healthy protein loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids help improve brain functioning, memory, and can lower your risk of developing Parkinson and Alzheimer’s diseases. Salmon is rich in vitamins A, B and D as well as the minerals calcium, iron, phosphorus and selenium. Eating salmon can also boost your metabolism and help maintain healthy hair and skin.
Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6, which can lower your risk for cancer and heart disease. They are also a good source of vitamins C and D, magnesium, and iron. Sweet potatoes can greatly help energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and support the thyroid gland.