Superfoods You Have In Your Kitchen Right Now

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Superfoods are the hottest ticket in your quest for health. But what is a superfood? According to Google, a superfood is “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.”

The word ‘superfood’ has become synonymous with overpriced foods, so we wanted to give you a list of 10 undercover superfoods you may already have in your kitchen.

Eggs

Eggs truly are little powerhouses when it comes to their nutritional value. One single egg contains 6% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A, 15% of the RDA of riboflavin (vitamin B2), 9% of vitamin B12, and they also contain calcium, choline, selenium, folate and potassium. Eat your eggs! These are an incredible source of omega-3 fatty acids to keep your omega-3 to an omega-6 ratio in check. Plus, the taste is out of this world!

Water

Water is the most common nutrient deficiency. We are made up of water, so we need to be hydrated if we want our body to function properly. Proper hydration ensures our organs are functioning to their full capacity, it keeps our joints lubricated for more efficient movement and less pain overall, it fills us up, it aids the body in detox, and it helps us prevent dehydration symptoms like headache, fatigue, dry skin, and more.

Broccoli

Broccoli contains phytochemicals such as sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol which help to keep your liver detox systems ticking along nicely. When our liver is working right, our body can properly flush out the ‘bad’ stuff. As little as half a cup of broccoli contains 56% of the RDA for vitamin K and a whopping 65% of the RDA for vitamin C. Broccoli’s many minerals include calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. Plus, it’s a good source of folate. Finally, it’s fibrous which helps keep us full for longer, and keeps things moving smoothly in the digestive system. Broccoli really is a little-hidden superfood in your fridge!

Yoghurt

Fermented foods are ALL superfoods.The good bacteria is a cornerstone of proper gut healthcontain 30% of the RDA for calcium and 20% of the RDA for vitamin B2! If you’re feeling brave, try out making your own at home with some quality probiotics for a starter.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C and cooked tomatoes are a particularly good source of lycopene, which is a brilliant antioxidant, and arguably the most powerful of the carotenoids. One single cup of cooked tomatoes will give you 91% of the RDA for vitamin C! They are also a good source of vitamin A. Try to use tomatoes when they’re in season as both nutrient profile and taste profile is better.

Tinned sardines

Sardines are a fabulous source of the beneficial omega 3’s – EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA are considered essential fatty acids because the human body cannot produce them. They are an essential component of cell membranes, promote a healthy immune response, and regulate inflammation. Tinned sardines are also a rather rare food source of vitamin D, and a single 92-gram tin has 63% of the RDA for vitamin D! Besides sunshine, this might be the best way to get your vitamin D levels up – a very common deficiency!

Goat/Lamb Meat and liver

Goat and Lamb meat and liver are great sources of zinc. Zinc is essential to the body and is used in over 200 enzymatic reactions. A tiny portion of goat/lamb meat and liver will give you enough RDA for zinc. Moreover, they’re both good sources of iron! Finally, grass-fed goat/lamb and liver both contain a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids – a very important nutrient.

Fresh and dried herbs

Fresh and dried herbs contain large amounts of phytochemicals such as carotenoids, which help to boost the immune system. They are also packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals – particularly vitamin A and C and manganese. Dried herbs will also add a little extra calcium to your diet. Herb gardens require little space, effort, and money to begin. Take advantage of the warmer months and grow your own.

Garlic

Foods like garlic (and onion) are rich in sulfur which helps to keep your liver in top shape and assists your phase II liver detox pathway. Garlic also contains allicin which has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Get some garlic regularly in your diet if you want to keep the colds at bay and boost your immune system. In fact, one of the best immediate remedies for a sore throat or respiratory infection is a raw clove of garlic.

Lemon

Lemon is such a versatile food in the kitchen and it also has some impressive nutritional properties. One lemon contains 139% of the RDA for vitamin C and good levels of calcium, copper and vitamin B6. Lemon juice in water is a perfect way to start the morning before breakfast to get the digestive juices.

 

Reference:  Health Journals