Superfoods are powerhouses of anti-oxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals and a host of other nutrients. Consuming them is thought to drastically minimise the risk of chronic disease, boost health and longevity and aid in the management of weight with ease. If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to indulge in smoked salmon, chocolate-dipped strawberries, blueberry pie and apple streusel sans sugar, superfoods present you with the perfect excuse to give into your cravings considering these are some of the most acclaimed superfoods in the world. Here are three of the most nutrient-dense foods deserving of the title “super” that are accessible at many health food stores in Sri Lanka:
Spirulina is blue-green, nutrient-dense freshwater algae possessing a unique and potent combination of minerals and vitamins. Its ability to efficiently detox, boost energy levels and combat serious health problems such as adrenal fatigue makes it a contender for the top spot in the superfood hierarchy. With almost thrice the amount of protein as flank steak per gram and zero cholesterol, spirulina is the plant-based complete protein of every health fanatic’s dreams.
The tiny seed that is quinoa packs quite the nutritional punch providing all nine of the vital amino acids our bodies can’t make on their own. With eight grams of protein per saving, quinoa has a dense protein content compared to famed protein powerhouses leafy green veggies such as kale and spinach. A single cup of quinoa contains a significant amount of lysine (442 mg to be exact) that is essential for tissue growth and repair while also boasting of fibre, manganese, magnesium as well as iron.
Blueberries are the glorified front runners of the superfood trend. Loaded with phytoflavonoids, anti-oxidants, vitamin C , vitamin K and potassium, this delightful North American fruit has plenty to boast about. They are treasured for their low-calorie content and nutrient density as it includes phenolic compounds with an antioxidant capacity that easily rivals that of vitamins C or E. Along with blueberries’ aforesaid impressive features, proponents of the berry claim it can help protect against heart disease and certain cancers along with bolstering memory and concentration.
One should note that there is no one food that can be considered a silver bullet to optimal health. However, the three superfoods listed above certainly do pack a punch that is beneficially more than their weight, concerning overall health benefits and their ability to slow down cell degeneration. Consume them in a salad, whip ‘em up in a smoothie or, in the case of blueberries, grab a handful and munch on them, on the go, to kickstart your journey to a healthier you today.