9 Super Foods
Healthy eating is vital to life and vitality. We often warn about the things we need to avoid, but today we are going to focus on some really fabulous healthy foods.
Greens are considered a longevity food. It is one of the foods known to increase life-span. These would include dark lettuces, kale, collard, spinach, swiss chard, nettles, and such like. Greens are also high in calcium and iron, so Eat your greens!
These tiny seeds pack a lot of punch and have some incredible health benefits. Chia seeds are full of antioxidants and their fiber promotes a healthy digestive system. They are also high in protein and calcium. Chia seeds provide alpha linoleic acid, which is a plant-based omega-3 that increases cardiovascular health.They are very versitile and can be added to breads, smoothies or made into pudding.
This supergrain continues to gain popularity. It is packed full of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and manganese, and is high in quality protein. Its low glycemic index makes it a great grain even for those who are watching their carbs.
This vegetable is full of nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is also known to help the kidneys and the liver. Their dark reddish even purple hue may be an important factor in their health benefit. Some studies suggest betalains, the purple pigments in beets, may help ward off cancer and other degenerative diseases.
Almonds are the most nutritionally dense nut, meaning they offer the highest concentration of nutrients per calorie per ounce. For only 191 calories, a one-ounce serving provides 3.4 grams of fiber, and a healthy dose of potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, and iron.
Assimulation of nutrition is enhanced by fermentation. Another benefit, is that fermented foods provide helpful probiotics and enzymes. Probiotics are essential to health, they also are said to protect from colon cancer, give relief from some forms of diarrhea, reduce children's cavities, prevent inflammatory bowel disease, and improve digestion and assimulation of minerals and vitamins. Enzymes are necessary for digestion, and life itself.
Berries are very high in antioxidants. Blueberries are said to be good for cardiovascular diseases. Cranberries can help with yeast infections, kidney infection, tooth health,and certain types of cancers. Goji Berries rank extra high in antioxidants. Raspberries contain a good amount of potassium which can help with blood pressure levels.
Beans & Legumes
Beans are considered another longevity foods, known to increase life-span. They do not spike blood sugar levels, and contain a good amount of fiber.
Mushrooms are known to strengthen the immune system. Like humans, mushrooms produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, so by consuming them, we can get more of this vital nutrient. They also contain loads of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin B3 (niacin), and are high in the trace mineral selenium. Some of the healthy mushrooms are Shitake, white button mushroom, and portobello.
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Amy Willis, Your Local Herbalist