“Superfood” has been a popular buzzword within the world of diet and health. Superfoods can be a great source of vitamins and minerals that can help you live a healthier lifestyle. Foods like blueberries, kale, and green tea are just a few of the most well-known superfoods. However, there are some superfoods that deserve to be in the spotlight that have more benefits than those previously listed. The following are 4 superfoods that you will want to add to your grocery list.
Aaçai is a small berry found in the rainforests of South America. This berry is said to be packed with high levels of antioxidants and can even help fight cancer and heart disease. Finding fresh açai in your local grocery store may prove to be a challenge. Your best bet is finding açai in the frozen section or in the form of juices. However, be cautious when buying açai juice, since extra sugar is often added.
Native to Tibber and Mongolia, these berries pack a punch of vitamin C. Goji berries also are a good source of other vitamins and minerals, including, fiber, iron, vitamin A, zinc, and antioxidants. For centuries, Chinese herbalist has used these berries to help boost the immune system and treat visual ailments. In one study where participants consumed goji berry juice daily for 2 weeks, those who drank the juice reported an increase in energy, calmness, quality of sleep and ability to sleep. To try out goji berries for yourself, try them dried whole, or find them in powders and drinks.
If you ever needed an excuse to indulge in chocolate, cacao powder may be the answer to your wish. Cacao powder contains flavonoids, which helps lower blood pressure as well as increase blood flow to both the brain and heart. Not only that but the powder contains 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Cacao has even contains serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine, and phenylethylamine which all help to boost your mood.
When you are buying the powder make sure you are choosing a raw or nonalkalized version. If you buy Dutch or alkalized cocoa powder, it is heavily processed and stripped of its antioxidants.
The use of Black Garlic for health benefits can be dated back to over 4,000 years ago in Korea. Back then, black garlic was primarily used as flavoring, but now scientists have discovered what great health benefits it has compared to its white kin.
After exposing raw garlic to constant heat and humidity, the garlic ferments and turns to black. The sulfuric compounds in the garlic can help to lower cholesterol, prevent diabetic complications, and offer anticancer benefits.