Healthy eating includes adding nutrient powerhouses and foods that are filled with all the good stuff our bodies crave. One of the best ways to do that is by adding superfoods to our meals. Even though these foods have existed for decades, it has been until recently that nutritionists and other health professionals started promoting the consumption of superfoods on a daily basis. You might be surprised when it comes to labeling a food as a super one, because some regular fruits and common foods are considered superfoods. Following a previous post, today we continue to share with you why some common fruits like tomatoes, blueberries and pomegranate also fall under the superfoods list.
What’s so super about these 4 well-known fruits and veggies?
Even though people consider it a vegetable, this fruit contains alpha and beta-carotene, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), fiber, lutein, potassium and Lycopene. Lycopene is an amazing antioxidant not commonly found in other foods. Scientific findings have concluded that Lycopene can protect the skin against UV rays, prevent certain cancers and lower cholesterol. Tomatoes also contain Vitamins A, K, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6. All these nutrients also contribute to lowering blood pressure, lowering glucose levels, supporting healthy skin and heart health.
Blueberries are full of phytonutrients that help fight free radicals and that’s why it’s no surprise it has been ranked as number one in antioxidant activity by the US Department of Agriculture. Antioxidants help slow down aging process and also prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Blueberries also contain Ascorbic Acid, Carotenoids, Fiber, Folate, Salicylic Acid and Vitamin E. These nutrients make blueberries an anti-cancer agent. Other functions blueberries can help with are coordination and balance, improve cell communication, improve brain function and help diminish the effect of age-related brain conditions like Alzheimer’s.
Also called the UV-exposure shield, this fruit is rich in Vitamin C, which helps smooth and brightens the skin. Pomegranates also contain ellagic acid which helps slow down the breakdown of collagen. Other powerful nutrients found in these are polyphenols, potassium and Vitamin B6. These elements make pomegranates anti-cancer agents, bringing other health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, protecting against osteoporosis, supporting the immune system and reversing atheroesclerotic plaque.
This powerful green leaf is a skin protector, packed with wrinkle-fighting antioxidants. Spinach contains Vitamins C and E and beta-carotene; altogether, these elements help protect your skin from UV rays and also its aging effects. It also contains alpha lipoic acid, glutathione, B Vitamins, Lutein/ Zeaxanthin, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Omega-3 fatty acids. Spinach is also an anti-cancer agent, it helps lower blood pressure, also prevent asthma, promotes bone health, healthy skin and reduces chances of heart disease.
Taking care of our skin includes taking care of what we eat. The skin will reflect on our general health condition and it will glow and radiate when we feed it with healthy food. Read more about the amazing benefits that drinking Green Tea provides and other essential women’s health tips.