What are superfoods? Is that the food Popeye consumes to develop super-human strength and save his darling Olive? Not quite, there is no safe fast-track way to build a healthy physique, mind and body. However, there are nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.

Superfoods are used in a variety methods. Their natural benefits are primed in their full or powdered form and are used as additives to any acai bowl, juice or smoothie. Many of these foods are nutritionally dense and have preventive attributes and medicinal properties. With winter fast approaching, we’ve listed our Top 10 Superfoods you can add to your food and drink, and fun-facts that’ll make your friends believe you actually know what you’re talking about at the next visit to the juice bar.

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is considered to be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence. Studies have shown major benefits for your body and brain. Turmeric contain active bioactive compounds called curcuminoids. The most important is circumin. Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong antioxidant. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and assists in warding off your body’s foreign intruders and contribute to repair.

2. Chia

Ch-ch-ch-chia! Chia seeds or powder are loaded with magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. Scientists believe that chia is used as a performance enhancer. One of the reasons is this additive slows down digestion so athletes can get an energy boost later on.

3. Almonds

You’re going to go nuts when you hear this…Okay, the pun was weak, but deez nuts deliver a strong surge of vitamins! These tiny foods are the most nutritionally dense nut, providing the most concentration of nutrients per calorie and per ounce. Did I mention these nuts were loaded with nutrients? Almonds deliver a great source of potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorous, and iron.

4. Ginger

Ginger, no not a red-head, can add that flavor to any drink or food, but its most beneficial quality is providing a boost to the body’s immune system. If you have an upset stomach or feel an impending common cold gearing to impose its will on you then run towards your local juice bar, like Green Grotto Juice Bar and order a “happiness shot” loaded with ginger. Buh-bye cold!

5. Quinoa

Looking for super performance in a tiny package? This tiny seed provides eight grams of protein and boasts a nutty flavor and a texture similar to rice. Quinoa is one of the few grains or seeds that provides all nine essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce themselves!

Superfoods are used in a variety methods. Their natural benefits are primed in their full or powdered form and are used as additives to any acai bowl, juice or smoothie.

6. Kale

Kale this and kale that to “You’re Kale’n me smalls,” this tough green leaf is the most famous among health and wellness seekers because it consists of more antioxidants than most other fruits and veggies! It’s also a fantastic source of fiber, calcium, and iron. With a flick of the wrist, prepare this superfood in any fashion—Stewed, boiled or roasted.

7. Lentils

This food receives no love— 10 percent of American consume this healthy food. Legumes or lentils can induce weight loss. Worried about the starch? Not to fret, lentils have a low glycemic index, which prevents blood sugar to climax less quickly than other starches. A study found that the slow burning of protein and fiber can sustain our stomachs fullness an extra 2 or 4 hours, assisting in controlling appetite which can cause slimming down.

8. Leeks

Leeks owe many of their superfood attributes to their organosulfur compounds, phytochemicals that may carry immune-boosting benefits. Those compounds have been credited with boosting immunity to battling cancer and are present in other allium family vegetables too, including garlic, onions.

9. Garlic

Health comes with a price and in this case that currency is making your breath less-than-desirable. Do your friends and co-workers a favor and choose this superfood on your on time. The medicinal properties of these cloves are utilized for centuries. Today, garlic we use to treat a variety of disease and ailments, including but not limited to high blood pressure and heart disease to certain types of cancer. Garlic breath isn’t such a bad thing after all!

10. Salmon

This delicious and healthy fish provides and beneficial amount of omega-3 fatty acids, and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Hey LA’ers, this fishy food has been reported to protect the skin from damaging UV rays. Santa Monica, here we come!

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