It seems like anyone who cares about nutrition these days can’t stop talking about the latest and greatest superfoods.
But what are superfoods exactly?
In this article, we’ll explain what superfoods are, the benefits of superfoods, what foods are considered superfoods, and the best ways to incorporate them into your diet.
A superfood is a name for any plant, fruit, seed, grain, meat, or other food that has an extremely high nutritional value. There’s actually not an official standard for what’s considered “extremely high”.
Every time you hear someone talk about one superfood or another, just assume that it’s, at a minimum, healthy, nutritious, and good for you.
Superfoods are great because they can pack a ton of nutrients into a relatively small amount of food. This lets you supercharge your body with the nutrition it needs without eating huge amounts of fruits and veggies.
Superfoods oftentimes contain a ton of antioxidants and polyphenols. These are chemical compounds that help heal the damage in your body caused by free radicals and oxidative stress.
Free radicals are harmful chemical compounds that you get from going about your day. Oxidative stress is the process in which free radicals damage your body, causing bloating, soreness, and overall biological inefficiencies.
There are tons of different kinds of superfoods out there, and they can be roughly categorized into different groups as well. Here are some of the most common groups of superfoods...
Green superfoods include a variety of fruits, berries, nuts, herbs, and veggies. If it isn’t obvious by the name, they are green or greenish in color. Green superfoods are especially rich in those antioxidants we mentioned earlier. If you’re suffering from inflammation, try to incorporate more of these green superfoods into your diet.
Not only are these green superfoods high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, they contain a ton of fiber too. Fiber helps improve digestion. The healthier your digestive tract is, the better you’re able to absorb the nutrients in your food.
Green superfoods can include any of the following:
If you’re looking to add some healthy green superfoods to your diet, reach for anything on this list. Even the extracts are super helpful when it comes to adding a concentrated dose of superfood nutrients to your diet. All it takes is a couple of servings to get a healthy dose of these nutrients.
While almost all green superfoods are some shade of green, red superfoods vary more in color. Of course, most of them are red in color (hence the name) but some of them can be purple, orange, yellow, and brown. Like the green superfoods, reds are a great source of antioxidants and polyphenols.
Red superfoods are also great because they can help improve your nitric oxide levels, which can help improve blood flow throughout the body.
Red superfoods can include any of the following:
You can combine both green and red superfoods to have a synergistic effect on your health and wellness. The green superfoods help improve digestion, while red superfoods help improve blood delivery. Together, these help your body absorb as much of the nutrients from food as possible.
It’s always worth making an effort to eat superfoods whenever possible.
But it’s clearly impossible to eat every red or green superfood every day. It’s even difficult to consume many of them on the same day.
One thing you can do ... is create a green or red smoothie and drink your superfoods. This is one of the easier ways to add a bunch of superfoods to your diet.
You can juice them too, if you have a juicer. However, this method requires a lot of groceries and a lot of time - time that most people don’t have.
A third option is to supplement your diet with a superfood supplement of some sort.
Supplements are a great, cost-effective way to pack a ton of nutrition into one drink. There’s no mess, no shopping, no grocery bills, and no food rotting in the fridge. All it takes is some water, a shaker cup, and a scoop of the Greens, the Reds, or both!
You can even throw a scoop in a smoothie that you already make to supercharge it with extra nutrition. No matter how you decide to increase your nutrient intake, supplements can be a big help to get what you need every day.
Supplements are the most convenient way to get the nutrients you need, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polyphenols. Of course, you could pick up any greens or reds supplement that you like, but at 1st Phorm, we pride ourselves on giving you nothing but the best.
You need the best if you want to feel your best.
Fitness goals vary from person to person.
Maybe you’re looking to lose weight. Maybe you’re looking to gain muscle. Maybe you’re just looking to stay healthy year-round.
No matter what your health or fitness goal is, your body still needs the proper amount of nutrition. And that nutrition can be hard to get sometimes … especially if you have some competing goals, like weight loss or muscle gain.
Superfoods are a great way to meet your nutritional goals while you work toward those other goals at the same time.
Your body will thank you for it.
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