Healthy food: Superfoods

Superfoods is a term used for certain natural foods that have a beneficial effect on our health. These foods are found in nature or are grown organically. They have often been used for centuries as a healthy food source by indigenous peoples who attribute medicinal functions to them. They often contain large amounts of healthy nutrients, such as: minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes. In recent years, the popularity of superfoods has risen rapidly and more and more people are adding them to their daily diet. Although the effect of superfoods has not been scientifically proven, many people swear by the positive influence that these foods have on health.

Why use superfoods?

More and more foods contain all kinds of (often chemical) additives, which accumulate in our body and are detrimental to our health. The large amounts of sugars, fats and caffeine in our daily diet are also bad for our body. Cultivated fruit and vegetables also contain fewer and fewer minerals and vitamins, which can cause deficiencies. All this has a bad influence on our health. Superfoods can provide a solution to these problems.

How do you use them in your daily diet?

Do you have to change your entire diet right away? No, the superfoods can often be added to the usual meal. Research has shown that a large proportion of people who add superfoods to their daily diet mainly consume them at breakfast. Consider berries and seeds eaten with yogurt. Another popular way to eat superfoods is to add them to smoothies, mainly fruits, vegetables and powders. But superfoods are also increasingly being added to lunch and dinner. An example of this is using quinoa as a substitute for pasta or rice. The superfoods come in different forms. These are eaten in their natural form, such as blueberries, but they can also be obtained as a concentrate, for example in tablet form, such as spirulina.

NB!

However, caution should be exercised when using superfoods, as with any nutritional supplement, if one is taking medication or suffers from a certain condition. For example, the use of linseed can accelerate the breakdown of medications, causing them to no longer work optimally. In the case of illness or medication use, it is therefore wise to first consult a doctor before using the superfoods. It is also important to stick to the dosage with certain superfoods because otherwise this can cause problems, as is the case with maca and linseed.

Types of superfoods

Below is a list of superfoods with a brief description.

Seeds

  • Hemp seed: One of the most popular superfoods, contains many vitamins and minerals.
  • Flaxseed: Seeds that are a source of dietary fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids, also available as oil.
  • Quinoa: Seeds similar to grain, it is a source of protein and fiber.
  • Chia seeds: Seeds that are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Vegetables and fruit

  • Spinach: High content of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
  • Blueberries: High in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
  • Pomegranate: High antioxidant content.
  • Acai berry: After cocoa, it is the second largest source of antioxidants in the world.
  • Goji berries: Contains many minerals and amino acids.

Other

  • Wheatgrass: Great source of amino acids and minerals.
  • Raw cacao: Contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of all foods. This is sold as beans, powder or butter.
  • Coconut oil: Made from coconuts, it is rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
  • Spirulina: A saltwater algae sold as powder or tablets that is a great source of protein.
  • Maca: This is a root vegetable, mainly available here as a powder, it is a great source of protein and minerals.
  • Chlorella: A single-celled freshwater algae sold as powder or tablets that is a great source of protein.