Find out which are the best superfoods for your health and why!

Find out which are the best superfoods for your health and why!

Superfoods have extremely high doses of vitamins and minerals that can help us avoid illnesses and lead a healthier life.

Some of the nutrients contained in these superfoods include antioxidants that are considered to prevent cancer, healthy fats that prevent heart diseases, fibers that prevent diabetes and digestive problems, and phytochemicals, which are responsible for deep colors and plant smells and can have various and important health benefits.

Blueberries are at the top of the superfoods because they are rich in vitamins, soluble fibers and phytochemicals. A study published in the “Circulation” magazine in 2013 found that high intakes of phytochemicals known as flavonoids – found in blueberries – can significantly reduce the risk of certain heart conditions in young women.

Kiwis are also called superfoods, perhaps because they contain a wider range of nutrients compared to some other fruits. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2011 suggests that kiwi consumption (which is rich in serotonin, a hormone that helps to induce and maintain sleep) can provide a better night rest for people with sleep disturbances.

Beans and whole grains are classic choices in superfoods lists. Beans contain insoluble fiber, which reduces cholesterol, soluble fiber, which provides a greater sense of fullness, vitamin and trace elements that are largely absent from today’s diet, such as manganese. Quinoa is also a remarkable source of proteins, vitamins, minerals, fibers and antioxidants.

Nuts and seeds also contain high levels of metallic and healthy fats, with only the disadvantage of having high calories.

The new arrival in Greece of the “miraculous” kale cabbage, launched it at the top in consumer choices regarding superfoods. It includes the darkest leafy greens: chard, collards, radish, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, all rich in vitamins A, C and K, as well as in fiber, calcium and other minerals.

Salmon, sardines, mackerel and some other fatty fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are considered to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Finally, the “exotic fruit of the year”, the pomegranate, should definitely be on any superfoods list, as it contains ellaganthanes (ellagic acid), which are known to have antitumor properties.