There’s a saying, “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” While you should always go to the doctor for a medical issue, imagine how much better we’d feel as a society if we made a habit to feed our bodies what they need instead of what our brains and tongues crave? Even small changes like 2-3 servings of a specific veggie a week or a smoothie in the AM instead of a doughnut can have a HUGE impact on your health and well-being. What foods can make a huge difference? Here are 25 best superfoods you need to start eating now.
Bananas are kind of amazing. Not only do they contain potassium which helps lower blood pressure, studies have found that children who had one banana a day were significantly less likely to develop asthma. Bananas also contain vitamins C and B6 & fiber which help prevent cardiovascular disease.
When someone says “Eat your greens!” most people don’t immediately think of avocados. But they should. Here’s why: They’re full of vitamin K, which is essential for bone health and preventing osteoporosis. They also contain a plant sterol called beta-sitosterol which helps maintain proper cholesterol, antioxidants, and folate. Folate is not only essential for women during pregnancy but also may help stave off depression. To top all this off, avocados also contain plenty of fiber which helps just about everything.
Everyone should eat a handful of walnuts daily. Not only do they contain lots of Vitamin E, 1/4 cup of walnuts contains our entire daily amount of Omega 3 fats, as well as amino acids which protect vascular health. They also have antioxidants and can even help reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer as well as improve sperm quality.
You should totally eat your broccoli, and the good news is that it doesn’t have to be steamed into the tasteless lump we all dreaded as children. Roast that sucker with some garlic, olive oil, and lemon. Mmm. Broccoli contains fiber and very high levels of both Vitamin C and Folate. These are amazing not only for pregnant women, but for everyone with a brain, immune system, and circulatory system (humans, that is).
This fruit is full of flavaonoids, which can not only assist your body in fighting cancer, but also help reduce the crappy side effects of chemotherapy. In addition, they contain carotenes which prevent oral and lung cancer, and enzymes that can help prevent blood clots and help control blood pressure. Papayas are also quite good for digestion.