We’ve all heard the term “superfood” thrown around recently. It has become a popular term to call a specific food that has a high nutrient density. But with so many foods out there being called superfoods how do we know which foods to focus on? Well, look no further. Here is a quick list of the 4 superfoods that you do not want to miss out on and why!
Lemons are packed full of Vitamin C. If you are feeling a bit under-the-weather or your co-worker has started sniffling then this is the superfood for you. Vitamin C helps your immune system fight off viruses and by adding foods high in Vitamin C to your diet you are helping your body’s natural defense system. Lemons also contain pectin, a type of fiber. All fiber, and specifically pectin, can help lower cholesterol levels, aid in weight-loss and keep your digestive system healthy. When digested and metabolized, lemons also give off an alkaline by-product in your body. Be careful though. Outside of the body, lemons are considered acidic, which can be harmful to your teeth!
Water lentils have been consumed for years in Asia due to their high nutrient density and only recently have been brought to the US. All of our Real Source products use water lentils as our main ingredient because of the high nutrient value that they bring!
Water lentils are high in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, Vitamin A, manganese and tons of antioxidants. There is a huge vitamin and mineral content in our water lentils as well as antioxidants coming from polyphenols, beta-carotene, chlorophyll and Omega-3s. One serving of powdered water lentils contains 2 servings of veggies!
Water lentils also contain amino acids with 50% of those being essential amino acids (EAAs) and 20% being branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). EAA cannot be made within your body and must be consumed and BCAAs are good for building muscle.
As well as being high in vitamins, minerals and plant protein, water lentils contain the perfect blend of insoluble and soluble fiber. Fiber keeps your digestive system healthy and can also aid in weight-loss by keeping you full longer.
Finally, water lentils contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that maintain eye health.
Water lentils are a great addition to any diet due to their complete nutritional content! Definitely a superfood worth trying!
Spinach is a great source of vitamins and minerals! If you need a boost then spinach is the way to go! It has loads of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folic acid, iron and calcium as well as many other minerals too. It can easily be added to a smoothie, salad, soup and a ton of other recipes.
Kale has been the most recently, trendiest superfood. Known for its high nutrient density and typically eaten raw, kale is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, manganese and calcium. And those are only a few of the vitamins and minerals that kale contains!
Kale also contains flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol, which has antioxidant effects. Antioxidants can reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease by preventing oxidation of cells in the body.