A few years prior, I had written an article detailing five incredibly healthy foods to eat for maintaining a healthy mind and body. Since it has been so long, and there are still so many more healthy foods out there, I figured I could add on to the list. So, without further ado, here are five more superfoods that you should be eating every week. Also, remember to keep a journal of the foods that you eat, and how they affect you in order to fine tune your diet for optimal health benefits.
Coming from the tree scientifically known as Persea americana, avocado is one of the healthiest fruits on the planet, even though it is often confused for a vegetable. Loaded with more potassium than a banana—975 milligrams to be exact—avocados are tremendously beneficial for both the mind and body. They even contain multiple important vitamins and nutrients like folate and vitamins C, B5 and E. If that weren’t enough, the avocado—also known as the alligator pear—contains no cholesterol or sodium, and are very low in saturated fat. This wonderfruit can even be used as a substitute for butter in certain recipes in order to create healthier variations of traditionally unhealthy foods.
Beloved for their high amounts of vitamin C, oranges are among the world’s most popular fruits. But they can offer so much more than vitamin C. For example, studies suggest that daily consumption of orange juice for four weeks can thin your blood, which significantly decreases blood pressure. Their citric acid content helps prevent the development of kidney stones and anemia. Oranges are also high in fiber, folate and even potassium. Put simply, oranges are incredibly efficient at preventing illnesses and maintaining a healthy diet. They are also incredibly tasty.
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the face of the planet, and rightfully so, considering that it needs as many nutrients as possible in order to develop a baby chicken. Some of those nutrients include vitamins A, B5 and Phosphorous. And although they are high in cholesterol—212 milligrams—they don’t necessarily raise a person’s cholesterol level. In fact, eggs typically raise the amount of “good” cholesterol—HDL— in a person’s blood. High amounts of HDL can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and other health issues. Some other health benefits that eggs provide include high amounts of choline—a nutrient necessary for the building of cell membranes—, and the prevention of blindness and gaining weight.
Not just the food of bunnies, carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, potassium, fiber and antioxidants. The orange vegetable also provides an incredible amount of health benefits, including eye health, lower blood cholesterol and weight gain. And although carrots are popular for their vitamin A content, which helps prevent blindness, they also have an important effect on one of the world’s deadliest diseases: cancer. Studies suggest that by maintaining a diet with high amounts of carrots, you can potentially protect yourself from prostate, colon and stomach cancer. This makes carrots one of the most important vegetables that any person can eat.
It’s hard to believe that such a small food could contain so many health benefits, but chia seeds defy expectations. Only one ounce of chia seeds contains an incredible amount of nutrients, including fiber, protein, fat, calcium and magnesium. They are also high in antioxidants, which can prevent the development of cancerous cells. Chia seeds have even shown their ability to improve the health of those with type 2 diabetes, reducing both blood sugar and pressure. The tremendous health benefits of the chia seed are far too valuable to ignore, and because of their bland taste, they can be easily incorporated into most diets. You owe it to yourself to fit this superfood into your diet.