Some Of Nature's Best Superfood


Superfood Of Interest

 

The term ''superfoods'' has become popular in the modern day for healthy eating.

A food that is defined in this way is usually a whole food, sourced as natural as possible, such as grains, wheat, seeds or fish. Despite the vast nutritional content, a superfood is said to have unique health benefits, when compared to many other items you would purchase at your local grocery store.

If you are concerned about digestion or the taste of what you consume, this table shows a combination of seeds that are easy to digest, but can also be added to a combination of easy made meals as they are almost flavorless and remain unnoticed. We will breakdown the health benefits you can gain from their addition below. 

For this reason, we encourage that you try add them to your everyday diet, whether its in the morning, throughout the day, or evening. A personal habit I have is adding flaxseed to oatmeal for breakfast, to benefit from a more significant level of Omega-3, fiber and selenium on a daily basis.

 

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Chia Seeds

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Chia Seeds have become increasingly more popular as a superfood. Recent research is suggesting that these seeds play a key role in helping cure Diabetes. As per daily guidelines, we are meant to be getting 14g of fiber in our diet for every 1000 calories we consume. For every ounce of chia seeds we eat, there is more than an intake of 10g of fiber. This helps reduce bad cholesterol and blood pressure. The seeds also have a high Omega-3 content. These fatty acids are an extremely clean source of energy and are also very heart healthy for reducing low density lipoproteins.  People fighting obesity can benefit a lot from chia seeds. It's clean, long lasting low calorie energy, can compliment a low fat diet. The high content of fiber and fatty acids can help appetite control. The seeds also contain energy vitamins B1, B2 & B3, which also contribute to its low calorie - high energy benefits.

Great Nutritional Source:

  • Fiber                
  • Fatty Acids    
  • Magnesium    
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Zinc

 

Quinoa

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Quinoa is a grain that takes a seed like form. It's best nutritional fact to boast is that it contains all nine amino acids, and is a very clean source of protein as it is plant based. Like chia seeds mentioned above, quinoa is another seed that has a high fiber content, beneficial for blood sugar control and weight loss, while helping improve digestive function in the body. A gluten free product, quinoa also provides immunity for your system. It contains flavonoids, which are not only just high antioxidant agents, but also help defeat viruses and help stop inflammatory. Quinoa also provides many different minerals and keeps your metabolism working very efficiently.  

Great Nutritional Source:

  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Magnesium
  • Folate
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Potassium

 

Goji Berries

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Goji Berries are classified as a fruit although they take our seed platter. These berries taste a bit more bitter than they do sweet, almost like a sour cherry. Like other red fruits and vegetables, such as berries and vegetables, goji berries contain a lot of phytochemicals, which help fight against a number of chronic diseases and cancer. Like quinoa, the berries contain most of the essential amino acids. The natural coloring of the fruit has beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, which can be also broken down in our system to boost immunity, maintain healthy cell membranes, and improve vision. The berries are also a good source of selenium, which is hard to find in many foods. This mineral is beneficial for increasing blood circulation and fighting against infection. 

Great Nutritional Source:

  • Vitamin A ( High Source)
  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Riboflavin
  • Selenium

 

Buckwheat

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Buckwheat is a gluten free seed, that is considered to be more like a grain, despite given the nature of its name. A highly staple carbohydrate, buckwheat is very nutritious in the same way as chia seeds. It lowers cholesterol and blood pressure and stimulates good blood flow. The seeds contain rutin, which reduces the chances of blood clotting. Buckwheat also possesses an extremely high amount of manganese, that assists calcium absorption, boosts metabolism and formulates connective tissue.

  • Manganese ( High Source)
  • Fiber
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Iron
  • Zinc

 

Sunflower Seeds

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Sunflower Seeds come in the most seed like form in comparison to all that is mentioned within this passage. Often eaten on their own, sunflower seeds are very crunchy and are covered in black shell. The oiled texture of the seeds makes them rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, that help Lower LDL Cholesterol if accompanied by a good diet. The seeds also have a numerous amount of vitamins and minerals. 


Ben Walker is a Your House Fitness personal trainer based in Toronto, ON. To view his profile click on his name.