I finally went to the eye doctor last week. After years of bragging about not needing glasses, reality and my 40th year caught up with me and as I pecked out a post, squinting and grimacing at the screen I finally relented and made an appointment with an eye doctor. Like it or not, our bodies are aging and some of my over 40 friends are telling me it’s best to get on top of things now because after 40 it just gets that much harder. Even if they hadn’t told me, the creaks and groans I feel and hear in my body are signs enough. Enter Super Foods.
Super Foods are foods which are so nutrient-rich that they can help fight aging and illness. For years experts have touted the benefits of super foods for helping to prevent wrinkles, memory loss, vision problems, thinning hair and more. From heart disease preventing salmon to bone building broccoli, super foods have more “bang for their buck” than your typical fare. If you’re anything like me, you might be struggling with weight and how much to eat. And while that can be a life-long battle, incorporating at least some of these super foods into your diet can be an easy way to help improve your health and well being, one bite at a time.
Spinach – The super food for your eyes – Squinting at my screen has made me that more conscious about taking care of my eyes. Known as the super food for eyes, spinach is rich in folic acid, vitamin A, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, magnesium, vitamin C, and iron. It also contains lutein which acts as an antioxidant, protecting the macula tissue from oxidation and absorbing damaging UV light. If you’re buying it fresh, choose spinach with deep green leaves and stems free of yellow or brown spots.
Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acid which is shown to help prevent heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish like salmon twice weekly. If you’re not a fan of salmon, canned tuna also contains omega-3. As for mercury content? Experts say that the benefits of eating salmon far outweigh the risks. Pregnant and lactating women should consult their doctors before consuming fish.
Almonds – Although high in fat, almonds have the same type of heart healthy fats as olive oil. Almonds provide magnesium and potassium and have been shown to lower cholesterol. One serving of almonds provides half of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin E. If you’re one of those people who find themselves eating more than a serving a time, pre-pack a handful of almonds in a small zip-lock and snack on it throughout the day.
Blueberries – Blueberries are a low calorie source of vitamin C and fiber and are a rich source of phytonutrients or plant compounds. Blueberries can also help prevent urinary tract infections and have been shown to improve short term memory.
Broccoli – Broccoli’s packed with calcium, folate and fiber and also contains phytonutrients. Phytonutrients may help prevent chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. It’s also a great source of vitamins A and C. Besides being a good source of calcium, potassium, folate and fiber, broccoli contains phytonutrients — a group of compounds that may help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamins A and C.
For a list of 27 Anti-Aging Super Foods and their benefits, click here. Is there a super food that has worked miracles for you? Share your super food story in our comment section.