Do you think that there is one food that does it all? You know, all the things that we nutritionists talk about… gives energy, vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, polyphenols, fats, prebiotics, probiotics, it will prevent disease, pain, and make you impervious to viruses? Not exactly. The dictionary describes it as:
“a food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health.”
Superfoods, to me, are those that have more impactful nutritional value than others. They have more nutrients, yes, but also a wider profile of nutrients than other foods, so maybe more nutrients per mouthful could be a way to qualify superfoods. Superfoods are typically more colourful, like a sweet potato versus a white potato, and the difference there has a lot to do with antioxidants, that arepotent plant chemicals that prevent or delay cell damage by free radicals.
My top superfoods are:
Mushrooms - Reishi, Lions Mane, shiitake, oyster, and cordyceps are top of my list andcontain powerful healing properties that boost your immune system and support healthy hormone production. They have anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties that support liver function, optimized cholesterol levels, and anti-cancer benefits. Listen to episodes 131, 132 and 146 and check out RealMushrooms.com/eatthis and use EAT THIS for a 20% discount.
Greens - broccoli, spinach, arugula, watercress (also known as the superfood of all the greens), arugula, chard, collard, and kale. Then there’s seaweed, sprouted greens from the seeds of sunflowers, broccoli, radish, and even corn, although that’s yellow.
Berries - Blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, raspberries, cranberries, and cherries. Then there’s mulberry - found fresh or dried, goldenberry which is also called ground cherries and can be found dried like raisins, and when they’re coated in dark chocolate–another superfood. Acai berries, schizandra berries, and goji berries pack plant antioxidants.
They are known to lower blood pressure, and studies even show a slowing of cognitive decline in those who eat berries multiple times a week.
Seeds -The small but mighty sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, hemp, chia, flax, grape seeds, and even pomegranate. All seeds are high in fiber, good fats, and fiber. One is worth focusing on because I could do a whole episode on seeds chia seeds.
A list that you need to hear is that chia has:
Then there’s cacao which turns to chocolate in varying degrees of superfood status. Dark chocolate with above 75% cacao is what you want to look for.
If you can’t get all this goodness into you daily, try my Kid Boost or Skin Boost superfood powder and feel the benefits of more energy (replace your coffee for it) and to support all your cells with anti-ageing, and help fight disease before it takes hold.
All these foods give more per mouthful than any packaged or refined food, that tastes good going down, but leaves you more deficient than before you ate it.
Want to learn more? Listen to episode 42 of EAT THIS with Lianne so you can make every mouthful count.
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