By Pearl Maalouf FMSC CPT CF-L1
When we think Superfoods sometimes it conjures up images of exotic jungle fruits, expensive powders, and it seems like there are so many new superfoods. What really works, and won’t break the bank at the same time? I’ve compiled my list of easily accessible and inexpensive superfoods!
This list covers superfoods which are foods that are high in antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins. It seems like very month there is a new fruit discovered in a jungle somewhere which has these amazing benefits and it becomes the latest trend until the next thing comes around. Unfortunately a lot of these superfoods are crazy expensive! This list features the EASIEST superfoods- they are versatile, easy to find, and won’t cause you to take a loan to keep u p with.
1. Curcumin aka Tumeric. I’ve read so many articles on tumeric being a treatment for cancer, M.S., swelling, etc. The research is still ongoing but it’s been used for centuries in Asian herbal treatments. At just a few dollars for a bottle, putting a dash in a savory smoothie, pumpkin soup, or stir fry, this yellow spice is a great bang for your buck!! Or they have a pill supplement for it too. (Source)
2. Garlic. You can consume this raw (I love it in salads) or there are garlic extracts in pill version too if you can’t stand having garlic breath. Garlic is known to help treat many blood/heart conditions such as high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, high cholesterol, etc. Garlic produces a chemical called allicin. This is what seems to make garlic work for certain conditions. Allicin also makes garlic smell. Some products are made “odorless” by aging the garlic, but this process can also make the garlic less effective. (Source)
3. Flax seeds. You can get the whole or ground seeds. Either way flax is a great source of fiber, flax seed oil has been used to treat some symptoms of menopause, and each tablespoon of flax seeds have 1.8 grams of plant derived omega 3’s! Sprinkle it in salads, smoothies, oatmeal, stir fries, the options are endless! (Source)
4. Chia seeds. Full of fiber, omega 3’s, calcium, antioxidants…the list goes on! And so is the list of what you can do with them! Throw in a tablespoon to yogurt, salads, smoothies, oatmeal, sauces, drinks, etc. After a few minutes it does start to absorb liquid, expand and become gel-like. So consume them quick! (Source)
5. Cinnamon. Another superfood that you can buy organic for a few dollars or take in pill form. Cinnamon has been shown to naturally help lower blood sugar levels, and studies have shown that cinnamon may reduce inflammation, bacteria, and have antioxidant effects. So add some to your coffee, tea, sweet treats, or when cooking–I personally love adding it when making ground beef! 🙂 (Source)
Which one of these easy superfoods are you going start using in your daily life? Do you have any herbal supplement, spice, etc that changed your life? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below 🙂