Superfoods for Super Health
Autumn. The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. And traditionally, the time for eating well to prepare for the winter. However, this also means eating sensibly and in this article, I will look at a few superfoods and their beneficial qualities.
A good way to start the day, wholegrain oats like Quaker Oats just have their hulls removed and cleaned. This means more fibre and nutrients are present. They contain magnesium, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and potassium, which balances the salts (sodium) in our bodies and helps lower blood pressure.
The fibre in oats is good for cholesterol levels and is slowly metabolised, keeping the hunger pangs at bay for longer. Have some other superfoods like blueberries, bananas and Brazil nuts with your porridge or muesli for added health benefits and natural sweetness.
All berries are good for us, but generally, the darker the fruit the higher the level of antioxidants present. These mop up free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are unstable molecules which can cause damage to our body’s cells, thus speeding up the ageing process.
Vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese and fibre are also present in blueberries which help improve bone strength and general well-being.
The humble banana can often be overlooked as a superfood. But they have a huge range of health benefits in their yellowy goodness. A very good source of potassium, bananas can help lower blood pressure and risk of strokes and heart attacks. Also, their high levels of vitamin B6 is essential for haemoglobin production in the blood, helping combat tiredness and fatigue.
Brazil Nuts and other nuts
Soil in Britain is low in Selenium, but Brazil nuts are a good source of this important trace element. It is essential for our hormones to work correctly, for example thyroid and reproductive hormones. A serving of three a day will be a good amount.
Almonds are rich in calcium and vitamin E, helping improve skin condition and keep your eyes and immune system healthy.
Chestnuts are good for vitamin C and the B vitamins. These nuts can be ground and sprinkled on your food.