These 12 superfoods promise to give your body and mind a boost.
Açai berries and juice are rich in antioxidants. They boost anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activity, and can aid against arthritis, weight gain, high cholesterol and erectile dysfunction.
Adzuki beans can be used in both savory and sweet dishes. This fiber-dense ingredient is known for stimulating the digestive tract and regulating insulin receptors for diabetes prevention.
Almond flour is a gluten-free alternative with vitamin E to support immune function. Compared to other nuts, almonds provide the most calcium and are valuable for both bone and cardiovascular health.
Bone broth is loaded with collagen and gelatin—ideal for gut, hair, nail and joint support. Plus, it works as a detox elixir.
Broccoli sprouts contain up to 100 times higher levels of sulforaphane—a cancer-reducing component—than the mature cruciferous vegetable. Bonus: Sprout form is easier to digest.
Camu powder is derived from a berry containing 60 times more vitamin C than an orange. It can help maintain healthy gums and eyes and aid with viral infections, like cold sores and the common cold.
Ezekiel bread is composed of sprouted grains and legumes, fiber and vitamins B & C. Sprouted grains can lower the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease and help protect against liver disease.
Farro is a nutty-flavored ancient grain with twice the fiber and protein content of wheat and more calcium than quinoa. It helps to fuel brain function, energy and metabolism.
Goji berries are rich in antioxidants and packed with vitamins and minerals. These small red fruits also are fat-free, low in calories and loaded with fiber.
Hemp seeds offer essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) to promote cardiovascular health and balance PMS and menopause hormones.
Kefir has more probiotics than yogurt to influence digestion, weight and mental health. Its calcium and vitamin K content lowers risk of osteoporosis and suppresses allergies and asthma.
Kimchi is fermented Korean spiced cabbage. Its antioxidants can aid in slowing the aging process and treating dermatitis, yeast infections and gastrointestinal issues.
Nutrient-rich superfoods are considered to be particularly beneficial to enhance health and well being. Plant-based eats dominate the subjective list of edible powerhouses, with fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds providing essential vitamins and minerals. And they also contain something else important, according to the American Heart Association: phytochemicals, compounds in plants that fight disease.
“Superfoods are highly effective but not a quick fix,” explains Megan Ware, RDN, LD, owner of Nutrition Awareness and president-elect of the Orlando Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “For positive impact, incorporate superfoods into a healthy routine of nourishment and exercise.” Dr. Benjamin Kaplan, lead physician for Orlando Health’s Internal Medicine Group, agrees: “Superfoods give patients an alternative to medication. Those who take nutrition seriously can lower risk of diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.”
Of course, it’s always wise to consult your doctor first, especially if you take medications that may be affected by certain foods.