Superfoods are foods that are densely packed with nutrients that fuel the body, prevent disease and improve your overall health. When eaten regularly, many people notice a serious change for the better in how they feel and look. One of the greatest examples of food improving health is The Wahls Protocol by Dr. Terry Wahls. After becoming wheel-chair bound with Multiple Sclerosis, Terry Wahls fixed her body by fueling her cells with nutrient-dense foods.
There are so many superfoods out there – too many to list, but here we will focus on 10.
10 Superfoods to Start Eating Right Away
Do not be confused by coconut. In certain circles it has a bad rep. But coconut is one of the healthiest and greatest foods around. Filled with saturated fat, this food can do wonders for your health. Saturated fats have been wrongly accused in the obesity and heart disease epidemics. But saturated fat is not to blame. In fact, eating plenty of saturated fat is a healthy thing to do. See Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes.
Coconut contains Medium Chain Triglycerides – fatty acids that can help your metabolism and coconut also contains anti-viral-meds, -bacterial and -fungal properties.
You knew it would be on the list. Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense food on the planet providing strong amounts of Vitamins A, K, C, B6 as well as Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorus and other B vitamins. Incorporate Kale into smoothies, juices and salads or chop it up and prepare it as a side dish with your supper.
3. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have been gaining in popularity lately and rightly so. Chia seeds are very high in fiber and also contain protein, good fat, Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus and several other essential nutrients. They are also loaded with antioxidants and great for digestion.
4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Almost everyone agrees that extra virgin olive oil is a great fat to incorporate into the diet. Olive oil contains both saturated and monounsaturated fats as well as some essential nutrients and antioxidants.
What is great about olive oil is that it contains anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation is the leading cause of many diseases these days including autoimmune conditions, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, berries are a great superfood to add to your day. They are rich in vitamin C and other nutrients. Berries are anti-inflammatory as well.
6. Wild Salmon
What makes salmon so super is that it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in keeping you healthy. They reduce bodily inflammation as well. It has been said that omega-3 insufficiency leads to disease so be sure to eat plenty of wild salmon.
Note: Not all salmon is equal. It is important to choose wild varieties of salmon and to avoid farm-raised salmon altogether.
Beets have been around forever but are making a comeback. Beets have an impressive vitamin profile, but what makes them extra special and deserving of being classified as a superfood, is that they contain betalains. These substances have been shown to help keep cancer and other diseases at bay.
Again, ginger aids in easing bodily inflammation. It is also great for digestion and helping with colds and flu. It is an overall great food to incorporate in small amounts.
Garlic has been shown to help fight colds and the flu because of its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is a natural anti-fungal as well. It is also known to help fight cancer, lower blood pressure and aid in reducing cholesterol. Incorporate some extra raw garlic if you feel a cold coming on and be sure to eat garlic regularly as well.
10. Dark Chocolate
Most people are super happy to hear that dark chocolate is a great superfood. Opt for chocolate containing at least 70% cacao content with 85% preferred. Cacao is another incredibly nutrient-dense food. Dark chocolate has been shown to support mental performance, improve heart health, reduce stress and anxiety, aid in regulating cholesterol, assist in weight loss, help with pain and depression, reduce the risk of stroke and improve skin.