If you were thinking about making a change in your diet, there’s no doubt that any internet search will likely turn up the term “superfood”.
But what exactly is a superfood? Simply put superfoods are those that are packed with essential nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. And when consumed as part of a healthy diet, these foods can be quite beneficial to your overall health.
Thankfully for you, we’re not back in the 1800s, so you don’t have to go very far to find the latest and greatest superfoods. In fact, you can have them delivered right to your door. To that end, We’ve put together a list of 5 of the best superfood products you can find on Amazon.
Although somewhat new to the Western concept of health and wellness, green tea has been used in eastern medicine for thousands of years. For centuries, green tea was used in Chinese medicine for everything from depression to headaches. Wondering how it works? The power of green tea lies in catechins, powerful antioxidants that fight and prevent cell damage. The list of benefits of drinking green tea is long. Included among them are improved brain function, blood sugar stabilization, lower cholesterol, and lower blood pressure.
Brazil nuts come from the Brazil nut tree. I know crazy right? What you may not know is that it’s really a not a nut, technically it’s a seed. Brazil nuts earn their place on the list of superfoods because they are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. The list of which includes vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, and zinc but perhaps most notably, selenium. In fact, there is no other known food source with higher selenium content. Selenium is necessary for a healthy immune system and it fights against damage to nerves and cells.
There’s a raging debate about fats in our diet. Are they good? Are they bad? The answer to that really depends on who you talk to. But the one fat that most people agree on is Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Olive Oil is exalted because it’s packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants. And unlike its fatty counterparts — butter, we’re looking at you, olive oil is loaded with monounsaturated fats which can actually lower your risk of heart disease.
If you’re a fan of Indian food you may like this next one. Turmeric is most commonly known as the main ingredient in curry and it has been used both as a spice and a medicinal herb for centuries. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, an antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory. Turmeric earns its place on the list of superfoods because it is a potent antiviral and it reduces inflammation. In addition, research has shown that turmeric can be a powerful weapon in the fight against cancer and it can have a positive effect on brain function.
Ok, so technically spirulina is algae, but hear us out. While spirulina is a type of cyanobacteria, more commonly known as blue-green algae, it is a superfood. In fact, it may be the single most nutritious food on the planet. Spirulina is teeming with tons of vitamins and minerals, specifically thiamine, riboflavin, and iron. Research has shown that spirulina supports good gut health, lowers cholesterol, aids in diabetes management and prevents heart disease. If that’s not an impressive resume I don’t know what is.