Not all heroes wear capes, and superfoods do. Recognized for their nutritional richness and their many benefits, these fruits, berries, seeds, and other foods are gaining more and more followers. They are also very effective for skin full of beauty. We recommend some of these superfoods!
What are superfoods?
Superfoods have, as their name suggests, superpowers. These foods are 100% natural, and also and above all have many benefits for our health and our beauty. These exceptional properties simply come from their nutritional richness.
Superfoods have been consumed all over the world for their health benefits for centuries, but they are now making a lot of noise with the rise of healthy food.
Their many virtues and their nutritional values largely cover our daily nutrient needs. They are thus part of the panoply of healthy foods that make it possible to have a complete and balanced diet.
The only black point of these superfoods is perhaps their sometimes a little high price. But there is a very wide variety, which leaves you spoiled for choice to turn to less expensive options!
The benefits of superfoods
Most superfoods are super antioxidants! They, therefore, make it possible to fight against oxidative stress, which could accelerate skin aging and promote certain diseases (including degenerative diseases of the brain).
This same antioxidant effect that fights against free radicals allows the skin to remain luminous and radiant with beauty. So you can say goodbye to dull complexion! Zinc, included in many superfoods, is also an ally of choice against acne pimples and other blemishes.
Superfoods bring together large amounts of minerals, trace elements, vitamins, proteins, fibers, enzymes, fatty acids, and essential amino acids,… Just that! They are therefore ideal if you tend to suffer from deficiencies.
With so many good things inside, it’s no surprise that superfoods have many health benefits. They, therefore, act beneficially:
- Against cardiovascular diseases;
- Against diabetes;
- Against cholesterol;
- In the digestive system;
- On the immune system.
Superfoods are also very good for general well-being by contributing to weight loss and having an effect on vitality (including sexual vitality), the beauty of the skin, hair, etc. Finally, they give a boost in case of fatigue or stress.
Superfoods that take care of your health and beauty
Superfoods are often foods that you are recommended to eat in larger quantities: fruits, vegetables, but also oilseeds, seeds, berries, plants, roots, etc.
So there is something for everyone, and if one of them is not to your palate, you can easily turn to another superfood!
All of them are eaten in different ways, and you can find many healthy recipes on the internet. Seeds, berries, and oilseeds are also ideal if you are used to snacking: in addition to being healthier to eat than store-bought biscuits, many of them are appetite suppressants. Some are found in the form of capsules, in food supplements.
We have never finished praising the benefits of goji berries, chia seeds, acai berries, or nuts, all considered superfoods. Here are a few more!
Called cranberry in French, this berry comes to us from North America where it has long been consumed to fight against gastric problems. Rich in potassium, phosphorus, and vitamin D, cranberries are powerful antioxidants and therefore help prevent dull complexion!
Among the many health benefits attributed to this superfood, we find in particular effectiveness against cancers, facilitating digestion, inflammations, and infections. Cranberry is also often recommended in case of urinary tract infections or cystitis!
It can be consumed directly in the form of berries, raw or cooked, or in juice. Commercially, however, some juices tend to be too sweet.
Surely you have already seen Popeye become extremely strong after swallowing a can of spinach. If it’s slightly surreal, the fact remains that spinach is a vegetable rich in iron, chlorophyll, and a source of beta-carotene.
They, therefore, prevent the risk of cancer or eye diseases such as cataracts. Once again antioxidant, this superfood helps restore energy in case of fatigue, and even more so when combined with vitamin C.
It is possible to eat them cooked or raw, in salads. If you are not a big fan of this vegetable, there are many recipes on the internet that can remedy this!
Ginger is a rhizome from Asia, where it is regularly consumed for its taste and benefits. It is first recognized as having aphrodisiac effects and therefore stimulates the libido.
Ginger also soothes inflammation and relieves joints, muscle pain, and rheumatism. On the digestive system side, it regulates intestinal transit and is effective against nausea. It also has beneficial effects on the brain and helps keep it healthy!
Ginger is eaten fresh, dried, powdered, and it is also a very good seasoning. It can also be drunk as an infusion.
Almonds are a significant source of lipids… But good lipids! There are also fibers, proteins (even more than in meat), phosphorus, zinc, potassium, and vitamin E.
This superfood is therefore ideal for fighting against cholesterol, limiting the risk of cardio disease -vascular and cancers, and the case of hypertension. Almonds are also good for memory and to prevent degenerative brain diseases.
Almonds can be eaten raw or in the form of almond milk.
The pomegranate is a fruit with strong antioxidant power too and which keeps the skin smooth and beautiful. Rich in vitamins C, vitamin E, and polyphenols, pomegranate seeds help fight cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and cancer (especially prostate cancer) and have anti-inflammatory properties.
You can eat the seeds of the fruit directly or drink it in juice.
A last one for the road?
If you are a fan of atypical foods, you will be convinced by spirulina! This freshwater algae is a real nutritional treasure, and is in particular an important source:
- Vegetable proteins;
- Essential amino acids;
- Carotenoids and all the vitamins that accompany them (A, E, D, and B);
- Trace elements such as zinc or manganese;
- Iron and other minerals such as calcium, magnesium, or potassium;
- Of chlorophyll;
We understand very quickly why we seek to cultivate these algae! Its exceptional composition gives it antioxidant powers, and allows it to strengthen the immune system and stimulate blood circulation.
Spirulina also limits the risk of cancer and viral diseases. It is often found as a cure to help with weight loss, but also to improve endurance and restore vitality.
Spirulina is found in powder form to make drinks, but also in capsules or tablets as food supplements.
Are superfoods to be consumed without moderation? Which will you succumb to?
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