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La Juiceria Top Picks: Our 7 favourite ‘Superfoods’ !!

 

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Berries, Kale, Salmon, Garlic- we have all heard countless times before about the nutritional benefits of these everyday ingredients, commonly labelled as ‘Superfoods’. Although there is no official scientific definition of a superfood, but it is generally accepted that superfoods are loaded with high levels of crucial nutrients to health and wellness. Since the magic health pill has yet to be invented, we believe superfoods are the body’s best bet.

In conjunction of Superfoods Month,  we have selected our top 7 Superfoods to incorporate into your diet!

 

Kale

Kale – dark green leafy vegetables from the cabbage mustard family. Everyone knows that vegetables are good for us, however, the health benefits of these go well beyond providing a truckload of vitamins and minerals, kale is packed with phytonutrients such as glycosinolates and flavonoids. This has made kale the antioxidant Superstar among the vegetables! Thanks to its broad nutritional profile, kale is thought to aid in fighting cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancers and asthma.

 

BeetrootBeetroot– This fantastic maroon red juice has earned its reputation recently among the healthy foods industries. Historically the beet root was generally used for medical for a range of illnesses, including fevers, constipation and skin problems. Beetroot is a good source of iron and folate. It also contains magnesium, betaine, nitrates and other antioxidants. More recent health claims suggest that beetroot can help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance and prevent dementia.

 

turmeric rootTurmeric Root– The orange-yellowish root commonly used as a spice in curry dishes, has one of the most extensive histories of all food medicines. However, this powerful anti-inflammatory agent has begun to gain its recognition in the modern science. Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, has been proven to bring benefits such as wound healing, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic, and anti- malarial properties by numerous human studies.

 

cinnamonCinnamon– Cinnamon comes from the interior bark of evergreen trees in Asia. This amazing ingredient is one of the oldest spices known and long- used in traditional medicine. Many studies have shown that Cinnamon can help in regulating blood sugar levels. Besides, it also helps in stress relief, menstrual cramps and pain.

 

 

chia seedChia Seeds– This tiny seed is a member of mint family and grows natively at South America. Despite their tiny size, they are filled with protein, omega 3, fatty acids, fibre and various micronutrients. Chia seeds can absorb up to 10-12times their weight in water, becoming gel-form and expanding in the stomach. This will increase the fullness and stimulate slow absorption of food which help us to reduce extra calories intake. For such, chia seeds definitely would be one of the top picks for your weight loss journey.

 

goji berriesGoji Berries – Goji Berries, a Himalayan berry have been used in Chinese medicine for more than three thousand years, is current hailed as the newest superfood. These shrivelled red berries are alleged to boost the immune system and brain activity, protect against heart diseases, cancers and vision sickness. Goji berries contain Iron, Selenium, Vitamin C, B2 and A. Comparing gram to gram, goji berries contained more beta-carotene than carrots!

 

Maca-powder-and-rootMaca– also called the ‘Peruvian Ginseng’ is an ancient food sources and herbal medicine that packed with various vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and sterols. The Peruvian used maca for menstrual disorders, menopausal symptoms, mental clarity, enhance memory and to improve general immune function. It is also used as an aphrodisiac, to correct impotence and erectile dysfunction, enhance fertility and act as a natural alternative to anabolic steroids.

 

Last but not least, what is ultimately the most important to good health is a dietary pattern that includes all these foods, along with a wide variety of other nutritious foods and regular physical activities. Besides, do not forget that portion size matters, even when it comes to healthy foods.

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