We’ve all heard about ‘superfoods,’ those nutritional powerhouses that can help lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, extend lifespan, boost immunity, throw your sex life in overdrive and ensure you look and feel your best. But with more and more foods claiming to be ‘superfoods,’ knowing which snacks to load up on and which ones to skip can be harder than ever to decipher. Thankfully, Dr. Frank Lipman is here to share the 7 superior superfoods you should be incorporating into your diet, stat!
7 Serious Superfoods
AVOCADO. This creamy fruit isn’t just a great healthy mayo substitute (and even a powerful aphrodesiac) but rather is also one of the best foods for helping to protect your body from heart disease, cancer and degenerative eye disease because of their oleic acid, lutein, folate, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione. Add them to a fruit smoothie for a creamier consistency or whip up a healthy homemade guacamole recipe for a powerful nutritional boost.
BEANS. The childhood tune is true: beans, beans they’re good for your heart… (we’ll let you fill in the rest). But the fact is, beans are nutritional power-player with a protein-packed punch (ideal for vegetarians!). They’re rich in B vitamins, calcium, potassium and folate, all of which help maintain healthy brain, cell and skin function and even help to reduce blood pressure and stroke risk. Plus, they help curb appetite and keep you full longer, making them an ideal snack for those days when you’re constantly on the run.
BLUEBERRIES. Next time you’re craving a sweet treat, snack on blueberries to satisfy your sweet tooth and fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stomach ulcers and high blood pressure all at the same time! Plus, they also help reduce body inflammation, giving them anti-aging properties too!
CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES. Load up on broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and bok choy, to lower your cancer risk! All of these cruciferous vegetables have been shown to inhibit the growth of some types of cancer cells and reduce the production of free radicals. Want help sneaking them into your diet? Blend steamed Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and bok choy in your favorite pasta sauce or start your day off with a vegetable-filled omelet.
WALNUTS. Just a few walnuts a day are all you need to get your daily dose of omega-3’s, alpha-linolenic acid, melatonin, copper, manganese and gamma-tocopherol (a form of vitamin E that helps protect your heart). This health-boosting nut may also protect your brain and help slow the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease so add toasted walnuts to oatmeal or toss raw walnuts over cereals!
SPINACH. Popeye was onto something when he subsisted on spinach alone, and now we know why: it’s possible the most nutrient-dense food on the planet. Loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients, including vitamins A, B2, B6, C, K and E, protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and potassium, spinach is as super as ‘superfoods’ get and extremely versatile. One of our favorite tricks: blend it into fruit smoothies (you won’t even taste it).
WILD SALMON Wild caught, Alaskan salmon is not only a great source of protein, but also an ideal source of vitamin D, selenium, B2, B3, B6, B12 and B3 and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which help to protect your body from cancer, cardiovascular problems, macular degeneration, depression and cognitive decline. The best part: you only need 2 servings a week to reap the benefits.