Beets dilate blood vessels for the blood to low more easily. That means with more blood flow, we receive more iron which helps deliver oxygen throughout the body and to all organs. Iron is one of the major ways to fight anemia.
Beets help to protect against birth defects, colon cancer, osteoporosis, and are high in fiber (good gut bacteria need it!) and beta-carotene (converts into vitamin A or acts as an anti-oxidant).
This amazing cruciferous is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and bone-building vitamin K. It has a ton of fiber to fill you up and be regular! Healthy weight does need a lot of good natural fiber to support the body in its changing environment.
The best ways to enjoy broccoli is raw with healthy dips, stir-fried, grilled, or lightly steamed. Eat it with your proteins, egg dishes, soups, and salads.
The sea algae with weird-sounding names like Hijiki, Kelp, Nori, Wakame contain nutrients commonly found in green, leafy vegetables and empowered by the mineral content found in the ocean. Boasting with such nicronutrients like magnesium (think migranes and asthma attacks prevention).
Grade nori on popcorn and eggs, add wakame to soups, and marinate hijiki with sesame oil for a quick delicious salad.
Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene and boast 150% more antioxidants than blueberries. They are super high in heart-healthy vitamin A and are packed with vitamin C to keep your immune system strong and humming well no matter of cold and flu season.
DARK LEAFY GREENS
These are in abundance all-year-round! Think spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens – all rich in iron, vitamin A, and lutein for eye health. Don’t forget that fiber is present in those leafy greens. Fiber is essential in metabolism and reducing inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a cause of most diseases, cancers included.
Creamy and succulent avocados are a source for healthy monounsaturated oleic acid, i.e., good fat for your body. Adding avocado slices to your salads and sandwiches also helps your body to block the absorption of bad fats, known as cholesterol.
Avocados are rich in lutein (aids in eyesight) and potassium and folate that may reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Grab a small handful of different nuts from your pantry every day! That will add fiber, good fats, and protein to your bodily functions. In addition, many nuts are a good source of antioxidants.
Enjoy nuts in your foods: salads, cereals, yogurts, baked goods and just on their own.
Berries are loaded with antioxidants, phytonutrients, low in calories, and high in water and fiber – all beautiful elements to control blood sugar and keep you full longer.
Blueberries lead the pack because they are among the best source of antioxidants and are widely available.
Cranberries are also widely available fresh, frozen, or dried.
Kiwis are among the most nutritionally dense fruits, full of antioxidants. One large kiwi can supply your daily requirement for vitamin C. It is also a good source of potassium, fiber, and a decent source of vitamin A and vitamin E, which is one of the missing nutrients, and kiwi is one of the only fruits that provides it.
Kiwifruit can also have a mild laxative effect due to their high fiber content.
The reason why green tea is often preferred to black tea is due to its metabolism-boosting compound called EGCG. It prevents damage to the heart muscles and has been found to help prevent breast cancer recurrence in early stage.
Green tea may also improve bone density. But AVOID ADDING MILK into your green tea! Such concoction may reduce the body’s absorption of the catechins.
Good quality chocolate is rich in flavonoids, substances that have been shown to improve blood flow, suppress cough, improve memory, and give you hydrated, smooth skin.
Dark chocolate is also loaded with flavonoids, that help with a wide array of conditions and flavonols, which can relax your blood vessels and thin your blood, lowering your blood-pressure numbers naturally.
23 thoughts on “A Golden Dozen of Everyday Superfoods for Anti-Aging And Skin Health”
I think beets and seaweed are the only two on this list I do not eat regularly! I love superfoods and I find I learn something new all the time.
I do love beets. So it is good to know that they help my skin.
Hmm I wonder if beet chips count lol?!? We definitely do nuts and berries in our house though!
I have read about the others and their health benefits but I am not sure about Beets and if I have already ate this kind. This is my first time to learn about this kind.
Well, there is a category in these super food that I really like and some I hate like broccoli though dark chocolate is my favorite and I can never give up on that. It’s taste is heavenly
We eat a lot of these foods and it is nice that they are yummy and healthy! But I always forget to cook with beets, for some reason that is not a food I use a lot. I need to cook with them more.
I like most everything on your list. I need to do a better job of incorporating them into my diet. I love roasted beets. Avocados are pretty delicious too. I need to make a shopping list.
I like a number of different berries. I do like broccoli quite a bit but definitely prefer it cooked over raw.
Really good to know what foods are considered “superfoods.” I am partial to the dark chocolate myself 😉 My kids love berries and it’s good to know that they are one of the superfoods!
These are all great super foods. I eat most of them already. Seaweeds have been getting more popular. I will have to give it a try.
Wow! I love these super foods! I always make sure that I grab almost all of them.
I didn’t know beets were so good! My daughter and I love to eat them roasted with turmeric and thyme sprinkled over the top.
I eat a lot of broccoli and sweet potatoes during the week. They are so yummy!
This is a great collection of amazing, delicious superfoods. I love all the foods on this list and try to eat a varied, delicious diet every day. I will print out this post to remember these foods.
I love almost all of these foods and eat them as often as I can. I love eating healthy, it just makes me feel good from the inside out.
I grew up eating a decent amount of seaweed, but I had no idea about what beets could do for you!
I LOVE seaweed! I love a Japanese seaweed salad that we buy at the local Japanese store. It is a frozen pack that lasts us over a month. Just a bit of seaweed when we want to snack on something. It tastes heavenly.
I use SPIRALIZER for my beets and create RAW pasta or salad with it!
I have to admit I didn’t know some of these were classed as super foods! I totally love nuts and broccoli though so going to try and add more of those into my diet.
I eat most of these on a daily basis but I’m going to up my intake of them. I’ve never tried seaweeds before but now I’m intrigued. I’ve heard seaweed is healthy for us.
Mmm, I love a lot of these foods. My favorite would have to be avocados. I also have a lot of nuts in the house for a quick snack.
Good for you, GRL!
I am leaning towards having more of RAW foods in my life, and where it is possible, to have it GLUTEN FREE.
We consume so much gluten, that our bodies do need a break from it!
Lot’s of bodily inflammation comes from the overload with gluten. These days, we have more and more people who develop gluten intolerance, hence going on a Gluten Free break!
I have started to get these into my diet now. Feel a lot better for it also.
I get most of these in my diet on the regular. I would eat broccoli every single day….actually I should.