Top 7 Superfoods (& Why They’re So Super)

by JJ Virgin

I define “superfood” as a nutrient-rich, low-sugar impact food or beverage that supports immune health, helps heal your gut, reduces inflammation, and helps you be the best fat burner. 

Generally speaking, superfoods contain high amounts of essential nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, lean protein, and fiber. Often, they also provide anti-inflammatory fats like omega-3 fatty acids or antioxidants, which help protect your cells from aging and disease.1-4

These are seven of my favorites. (Want more? I've provided more superfood faves in part two of this blog.)

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Kale
Superfood Facts: Kale has been the sweetheart of the health food world for years now, and it comes by its nutrition reputation legitimately. One serving is packed with more than your whole day’s quota of Vitamins C, A, and K, plus plenty of fiber and minerals. (Try it in this simple, delicious recipe.)

Quinoa
Superfood Facts: Pronounced “keen-wah,” this superfood seed has it all: it’s a complete protein with all nine essential amino acids, making it a great choice for vegetarians and vegans. It’s also a good source of minerals and fiber. Quinoa is super-versatile, equally at home in breakfast or dinner.

Berries
Superfood Facts: Blueberries, raspberries, and acai berries are all great for you because of their high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C. That means they can slow cellular aging, as well as prevent issues like cancer and heart disease. Berries also have notable levels of omega-3s and fiber, making them a “berry” good choice…

Bone Broth

Superfood Facts: Packed with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to support collagen production, bone broth is a true superfood superstar for your immune system, gut health, and so much more. I've provided an easy bone broth recipe here.

Wild-caught salmon
Superfood Facts: Salmon is a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids, nature’s ultimate anti-inflammatory. It’s also a great choice for clean, lean protein. Just be sure you choose wild-caught salmon, not farmed – wild is better for your health and the environment.

Chia
Superfood Facts: While you might have first met chia seeds in a commercial for “Ch-ch-ch-chia Pets,” these tiny black seeds are actually packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium. They’re also a good protein boost – try this easy Berry Chia Seed Pudding recipe.

Turmeric
Superfood Facts: Also known as curcumin, turmeric is nature’s ultimate anti-inflammatory. It’s an excellent source of multiple minerals like iron and manganese, plus vitamin B6 and fiber. Try it in our Golden Milk recipe, packed with extra protein for a warming boost to your energy.

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References

1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4153275/
2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18072818
3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2685276/
4 https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/antioxidants-fact-sheet

The views in this blog by JJ Virgin should never be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. Please work with a healthcare practitioner concerning any medical problem or concern. The information here is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or condition. Statements contained here have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.