The top 8 super foods that will boost your health

 The top 8 super foods that will boost your health

You may already know that eating healthy is important to maintain good health, but you may not know what constitutes as healthy foods. Whether you’re on a diet or not, here are the top 8 super foods that will boost your health and why you should incorporate them into your diet as often as possible!

1) Garlic

Garlic is one of those Super Foods that we can't go a day without. It has been used for thousands of years as a powerful health tonic. It is an immune booster, and it helps to reduce cholesterol levels, prevent cancer, lower blood pressure and treat stomach infections. A study from Japan found garlic increases blood flow by relaxing blood vessels and making them more flexible, in turn helping to protect against heart disease and atherosclerosis. Garlic also has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties which makes it useful in treating both bacterial and fungal infections like throat infections (including strep throat), ear infections, skin ulcers or impetigo, sinusitis or prostatitis (inflammation of prostate gland).

2) Ginger

Ginger is a root that is used for its culinary and medicinal properties. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat ailments such as nausea, morning sickness, stomach pain, motion sickness and arthritis. Ginger also contains anti-inflammatory properties and can be considered an antioxidant. One study found ginger could help protect against lung cancer; another suggested it may help with colds and influenza. While more research needs to be done on its overall health benefits, ginger seems to have clear potential when it comes to protecting against some diseases. Buying tips: Buy whole fresh roots or powdered spice at ethnic grocery stores or natural food stores. Store in a dark place away from direct sunlight; keep refrigerated if storing longer than two weeks.

3) Turmeric

There’s a reason turmeric is a mainstay in Indian cuisine: it’s good for you. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps lower blood sugar levels, which means it can protect against diabetes, or aid in controlling blood sugar if you already have it. Curcumin is also an effective pain reliever and may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Plus, it can be used to treat digestive issues such as stomach ulcers or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Try adding some of these superfoods to your diet today!

4) Fenugreek

A member of the legume family, fenugreek is rich in fiber and protein. Additionally, it’s a good source of minerals like magnesium, potassium and manganese. The nutrients in fenugreek may help lower cholesterol levels; plus, they seem to have some antioxidant properties. Eating lots of fiber is one of best ways to promote overall wellness.

5) Seaweed

Because of its high protein and mineral content, seaweed is considered one of nature’s ultimate superfoods. In addition to boosting thyroid function and brain development, seaweed is also a powerful cancer-fighting food, helping to prevent breast cancer in women. And even if you don’t have thyroid issues or other ailments, eating seaweed can help reduce anxiety. It contains an amino acid called GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which helps stimulate serotonin production in our brains, making us feel calm and relaxed. So next time you’re feeling stressed out, reach for some sushi or boil up some kelp noodles!

6) Oyster

These are an excellent source of zinc, which is a key ingredient in collagen production. As we age, collagen production slows and is replaced by elastin. But zinc supplementation has been shown to delay these changes in elasticity. Zinc also plays a vital role in boosting immunity and protecting against allergies as well as cancer—particularly prostate cancer . Oysters also contain high levels of Vitamins A and D as well as B vitamins such as niacin and riboflavin . They’re also one of only two food sources of vitamin B12 , which plays a role in energy metabolism, red blood cell formation, nerve tissue maintenance, and brain development during pregnancy.

7) Moringa

Moringa is one of Bangladesh’s most popular superfoods, thanks to its wide range of vitamins and minerals. Studies have shown that moringa has anti-aging properties and can help fight skin, breast, colon, and prostate cancer cells. It also helps prevent high blood pressure and is great for maintaining kidney function. It’s a fantastic source of essential fatty acids (the omega 3 kind) and is full of protein—especially good for vegans or those who don’t eat meat regularly. Even if you’re not a vegan or vegetarian, there are plenty of reasons to make moringa a regular part of your diet; one serving contains 100 percent of your daily value for vitamin C as well as 70 percent of daily calcium needs.

8) Tulsi

Tulsi, or holy basil, is an extremely potent herb. It’s been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat colds and stomach ailments (2). It has been found to have both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as help treat diabetes and asthma. Tulsi helps fight inflammation in our bodies by decreasing C-reactive protein levels. This can reduce chronic inflammation which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes (3). It’s also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity while reducing blood sugar levels, making it a great herb for those who suffer from diabetes (4). Try adding tulsi tea or tulsi powder to your meals! 

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